A tennis ball hitting off chalk line

Words You Need to Follow Tennis Like a Pro

Most of us know our racquet from our ball, our backhand from our forehand, and perhaps even our aces from our deuces. But what else will you need to know if you’re to follow the tennis and understand who’s the hot dog and who’s just… Read More
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Word-lover interview: Bruce Holsinger, author and scholar

We’ve been speaking to Bruce Holsinger, who as well as being a successful novelist, is also Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on medieval and modern literature. You can read more about Bruce and his work at www.bruceholsinger.com as well as… Read More
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games installation in a park

Glasgow Patter – 12 Scottish Slang Words To Test You

It’s the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow! Get your Glasgow slang in place for a glorious Glasgow 2014! Most cities have their own quips, spoonerisms and slang terms, but few so famously as Glasgow, whose ‘patter’ has gained prestige from its use in television programmes, comedy sketches and poetry –… Read More
Spectacles on top of a pile of books

Word-lover interview: Tim Gorichanaz of ScratchTap

Word-lovers abound in the Collins Dictionary community, and so we’ve kicked off an interview series with some of the ones we’re lucky enough to count as friends of the blog. Following our interview with Lynne Murphy of Separated By A Common Language, we’re delighted to… Read More
Brazilian football fans

World Cup Words You Need to be Brilliantly Brazilian

Although England are no longer involved in‘a Copa do Mundo 2014’ in Brazil, there are still plenty of reasons to get excited about this festival of football. With that in mind we have compiled a need-to-know list of Brazilian terms to allow you to follow the beautiful game… Read More