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meaning and origin of ‘shipshape and Bristol fashion’


launch of her Majesty’s screw steam-frigate Bristol at Woolwich dockyard
from The Illustrated London News – 23rd February 1861



The British-English phrase shipshape and Bristol fashion… 1,126 more words


Dictionary Day

Today is Dictionary Day! Maybe not the most exciting book that’s out there…

It may be one of those most important books out there though! 53 more words

Magical Monday

Review: Collins Dictionary online

There are many online dictionary sites. Some that come up near the top of search results include Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster http://www.merriam-webster.com, The Free Dictionary… 339 more words


meaning and origin of ‘all Lombard Street to a China orange’


portrait of Tom Crib
from Pancratia, or, A history of pugilism (London, 1812)





all Lombard Street to a China orange and variants: a near certainty… 925 more words


The Hindu: The unbearable lightness of joy

New-to-me, from The Hindu: The unbearable lightness of joy. “The Danish word hygge, which encapsulates the above in pithy detail, is not just a word for sesquipedalians, the melancholic, or frenzied retail marketing (it became a mainstay of festive advertising campaigns in the U.S. 63 more words

New Resources

The feat of the Real Academia Española’s first dictionary (part 2)

The dictionary lacked a general method and workflows were divided among the authors by combinations of letters. They took for granted that every academic was equally qualified, worked at the same speed, and was following the same criteria as the rest of the team – criteria which, incidentally, were not precisely established from the start. 674 more words

Historical Collections

Normal is overrated — more adventures in dictionaries

The first time I experienced mental health therapy was in middle school, after I was injured by a bully severely enough that the school nurse said I needed to be taken to the hospital. 1,130 more words