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FAQ for the Oxford English Dictionary folks


Answers to the most common questions sent in to the Oxford Word and Language Service team can be found at askoxford.com.

For example:

  • What is the longest English word?
  • Are there any English words containing the same letter three times in a row?
  • Are there any words that rhyme with orange?
  • What is the longest one-syllable English word?
  • What is a split infinitive, and why should I avoid using one?
  • What is the 'Oxford comma'?
  • Does bimonthly mean 'twice a month' or 'every two months'?
  • What comes after once, twice, thrice?
  • Is a banana a fruit or a herb?
  • What is the origin of the dollar sign ($)?
awc 2007-10-29 16:29:01

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There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.

Henry David Thoreau
Resistance to Civil Government, 1849

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