Collins English Dictionary

The Collins English Dictionary, 12th edition

It’s word nerd Christmas, folks! Which is to say, the new Collins English Dictionary is almost here! Nearly three quarters of a million words (50,000 newly added) in one rather classy-looking volume – or as a Kindle ebook or iOS app, I am reliably informed while still… Read More
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Hands up! Do You Remember Your School Playground Slang?

Teacher’s pet, or constantly bunking off due to schoolitis? Some words and phrases have survived generations of schoolchildren, and will always remind us of the classroom. Which of the below are you familiar with, and can you add any more words to our list? All-nighterTo… Read More
Collins book of Bananagrams

All the insider secrets to help you become Top Banana!

Since being created around founder Rena Nathanson’s family table, BANANAGRAMS has become one of the most popular word games in the world, selling over 6 million copies worldwide and becoming loved on flat surfaces everywhere! The pocket-sized Collins Little Book of BANANAGRAMS is specially designed to match the fast and… Read More
A man with finger to his lips. shsh

14 untranslatable emotions that English can’t convey

The British are well known for their reserved politeness and ‘stiff upper lip’, and are often seen as less likely to express emotion than other nationalities. It may come as no surprise then that when it comes to emotions, the English language sometimes leaves something to be desired. Read More
Someone casting their vote in a ballot box

iScotland v the rUK: trending words in September

There’s an elephant in the room, and we all know what it is. Many things happened in September 2014, but the biggest event in the UK has to be the Scottish Independence Referendum, or the “indyref” as it became known on Twitter and beyond. Read More