This year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas was a huge success with participation numbers up by a quarter from last year’s total of approximately 14,000, to around 18,500 this autumn
English speakers who are 18 or under use the word ‘like’ in conversation over five times as often as speakers who are over 70; ‘because’ is the most misspelled English word globally; the word ‘love’ is said and written over six times more frequently than the word ‘hate’. We know all of this because of a multibillion-word database called the Cambridge English Corpus.
A small, lockable leather diary - kept in the vast archives of Cambridge University Library - has led to a reassessment of one of the key relationships in Charles Darwin’s life.
Thousands of people enjoyed a chance to explore Cambridge’s secrets and scenic paths earlier this month thanks to Open Cambridge (9/10 September) and the tenth annual Bridge the Gap charity walk on Sunday, 11 September.
Following the media coverage of England football manager Fabio Capello’s claim that he only needs ‘100 words of English’, Cambridge Dictionaries Online at Cambridge University Press has used its corpus to establish which 100 he would need to aim for.