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‘Tax arrangements’ turn out to be arrangements by which you arrange to not pay any tax.

Writers of The Thick of It have been credited with creating the Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year

Omnishambles: the word that sums up the year - official

Writers of The Thick of It have been credited with creating the Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year. ‘Omnishambles’ is defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations”.

Errors and Omissions: Try as you might, there's no way to decapitate a human head

This week the Independent's pedant-in-chief considers the stars, takes on "whet" vs "wet", and severs a misunderstanding

‘We are the yid army’ and we don’t need sanctimonious moral crusaders in football

As Cameron intervenes in the 'Yid' row to says Spurs fans should be able to use the phrase, we republish this piece from last year

Invisible Ink: No 148 - James Redding Ware

James Redding Ware published under a pseudonym, but nobody knew who he was, or cared. There was no particular subterfuge in this; at the time – 1863 – many partwork "sensation" stories appeared without their origins attached, such was the lowly status of those who wrote for money. However, when one of Ware's stories was rediscovered in the form of a pamphlet, his works were traced through the periodicals in which they first appeared, and they revealed their creator.

This year ’s British Matchplay Scrabble Championships were played out over the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend

Quaazy, zowpig and splawder: Scrabble plans to include English regional terms in dictionary

Scrabble lovers could soon be racking up double-digit scores with words like quaazy, zowpig and splawder.

Former MP Louise Mensch

At least Louise Mensch's spat got her in the news again

You may have thought you'd heard the last of the publicity-addicted former MP

The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies and What They Did To Us, By David Thomson

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Bombs away: Will Self overshadows Hilary Mantel

Booker prize 1: The award for best photobomb goes to...

Will Self may have missed out on his first Booker prize to Hilary Mantel, but he can take consolation in creating the best photobomb in the history of the Bookers. Which may not be too much consolation for losing the £50,000 bounty but it's, well, something.

National Dictionary Day - and 'selfie' is the latest word to be added

Lexicographers love National Dictionary Day

"Young people invent words all the time," said John Morse, the president of Merriam-Webster, the publishing company that printed the first American dictionary in 1828.

Errors and Omissions: Can you only be stabbed in a frenzied attack?

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'Big society' makes it into Brewer's Dictionary

Big society, Chipping Norton set, app and tablet are just some of the phrases to make it into the latest edition of the Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

Caroline John: Actress best known as Liz Shaw in 'Dr Who'

As Liz Shaw, companion to the third incarnation of Doctor Who, played by Jon Pertwee, Caroline John brought to the programme an intelligence not previously seen in the Time Lord's assistants. On top of tackling action sequences with the usual gusto displayed by them, the scientist could understand the Doctor's techno-babble and he treated her as an equal.

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