Oxford English Dictionaries

In Celebration of Lost Words

At some point in their lexical histories, lost words' original meanings died and have been revived into a mere semblance of their former selves.
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New Graduates’ Favorite JSTOR Articles

When JSTOR saved the day...Recent college grads remember the articles that helped them with their research before graduation.
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Bring Your Own Applause: What Donald Trump and Roman Emperor Nero Have in Common

A claque is a centuries-old showmanship technique that has been used by entertainers and politicians since the Roman Empire.
Murió la Verdad (The Death of Truth)

The Collapse of Meaning in a Post-Truth World

2016 was certainly an unstable time in history. Even the way we use language to convey our collective fears about the state of society seems fractured.
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Should the Government Pay for a Classical University Education?

Questions about what sorts of higher education the government should pay for are nothing new.
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Stage Death: From Offstage to in Your Face

Death on stage has a long, gory history. From Ancient Greece to 19th century Paris to The Walking Dead. Why does theatre like death so much?

Ancient Chemical Warfare

The lethal combination of chemistry and warfare has a long history.

Kicking Back, Gladiator Style

Gladiators drank a concoction of vinegar and ashes to stay bulky for battle.