You might recognize Nev Schulman from his popular MTV show, "Catfish." Now officially adopted in the Oxford dictionary, catfish [kat-fish] is a verb in the English language: Catfish: To pretend to be someone you're not online by posting...Show More Summary
by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger By now you may have recovered from your initial outrage over the new words the Oxford English Dictionary authorized in its latest edition. If you missed the stories about it, read on. Show More Summary
It’s official, ya’ll. “Manspreading” isn’t just a slang term for an obnoxious phenomenon that happens on crowded subways anymore. It’s officially a word. The venerable Oxford English Dictionary just issued its quarterly update of new...Show More Summary
Oxford Dictionary just got that wee bit cooler after introducing a plethora of words in their latest online edition, more than a thousand in total, which reveal the current trends in the use of the English language. “Bruh” and “Manspreading”...Show More Summary
image credit Do you know what manspreading is? Or bruh, hangry, or weak sauce? Words and phrases that have widespread currency in English have been added to the the online Oxford Dictionary in its latest quarterly update. According to...Show More Summary
In order to seem hip and up-to-date, the Oxford English Dictionary added a bunch of new words for the Internet-savvy generation. What a butthurt rando butt-dial. (via Thinkstock) Every year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds a handful...Show More Summary
The Oxford English Dictionary announced today that the title Mx (a gender neutral form of Mr., Ms., Mrs., or Miss) has been inducted into its official lexicon. Its addition is intended to reflect "today’s more thoughtful conversations...Show More Summary
The Oxford English Dictionary was updated with a number of new words today, so, naturally, we held a contest to see who could use the most in a single sentence.
It's almost wine o'clock. Today, about a dozen new words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary. A perennial zeitgeist, the dictionary has added food words like banh mi, California roll, and doughnut hole in years past. This year's list includes the terms awesomesauce as well as weak sauce, and eight other food- or restaurant-related words. Show More Summary
Linguists can be divided into two camps: prescriptivists and descriptivists. The former believe that there is a “correct” language (i.e. proper English) that should inform all usage. Descriptivists think that language should be defined by how people actually use it. Show More Summary
A surprising number of colloquial phrases and words have made the latest cut into the storied Oxford English Dictionary.
It is unfortunate that the terminology used in some papers, presentations and media interviews is misleading. The definition of “acidic” in the Oxford English dictionary is “having the properties of an acid; having a pH of less than 7”. Despite the process of ocean acidification (the acidity of seawater, or hydrogen ion concentration, has increased […]
Before “normcore” was a runner up for the Oxford English Dictionary’s “word of the year,” before Jerry Seinfeld became the trend’s unofficial brand ambassador, before New York Magazine introduced it to the world, there were just five 20-somethings were on an art project. Show More Summary
Oxford Dictionaries felt inspired to explore the lexicon of foreign languages in search of interesting words that don't have an exact equivalent in English. Such an endeavour can often yield amusing results, but also give insight into the peculiarities of other cultures. Take a closer look at the complex meanings of eight foreign words and their origins. The Presurfer
They didn't use a selfie stick, or even the word itself. When Gjon Mili invited celebrities to his studio in 1944 for a session in self-portraiture, the word “selfie” was 70 years from inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary... Actress Geraldine Fitzgerald Actor Van Johnson Actor John Garfield Actress Joyce Reynolds Actor Robert Alda See more »
Just as new words are being added to the English language all the time – the Oxford English Dictionary this year added twerking and sext – so too is Chinese evolving, although for very different reasons. Chinese netizens are findingShow More Summary
The august dictionary of the English language is asking "computer whizzes" for help.
Wrote William Cowper in "Fable" (1781), which I'm reading this morning (text below) because it's one of the historical examples the Oxford English Dictionary gives for the word "legislature," the meaning of which is crucial to the outcome...Show More Summary
Note: All dates in parentheses are for the earliest OED citation. Bold type indicates entries that are new or newly defined in the dictionary as of June 2015. The much vaunted, ever-expanding Oxford English Dictionary announced its latest...Show More Summary
The word ‘RickRolling’ has not (yet) entered the Oxford English Dictionary but it’s meaning is fairly widely known: when people decide to vote for an unlikely candidate (like Rick Astley)… Continue reading The post Can Tory members really enstool Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.