While the term “think tank” is modern, it can be traced to the humanist academies and scholarly networks of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Oxford English Dictionary defines think tank as a “body of experts, as a research organization, providing advice and ideas on specific national or commercial problems.”
If you were born in 1992, not only are you as old as the Mall of America, the nicotine patch, and Super Mario Kart, you got to grow up with these words, all dated by first citation to 1992 in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Thievery has been with us forever, as has government corruption. But a name for thieves who use governments as their means of theft have been with us only since 1968. It was then, the Oxford English Dictionary says, that the first use of “kleptocrat” appeared, defined as “A thief in a position of political power; a greedy or corrupt politician.”...
The YouTube community has spent the past decade establishing its place in the entertainment world. Now, that community has achieved lexical recognition as well. “YouTuber” is one of about 500 new words that has been added to the Oxford...Show More Summary
Bracketology is now officially a word. The latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary will include bracketology for the first time, according to the New York Times, with the official definition being “the activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament (typically the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament).” Here’s how it was determined that the word would […]
"Fiona McPherson, senior editor on the OED, told The Guardian the word had been one of the fastest to move from coinage to definition and listing."
The Oxford English Dictionary luminaries were in a surfy mood this year when adding words for their massive collection of proper English words. Of the 1,500 words they either updated or added, some of the words they chose to highlight come from surfing. We can finally feel okay about using the following words in proper written […]
The term “Brexit” has been around for less than five years. But after the 2016 vote for Britain to exit the European Union, the Oxford English Dictionary decided the word earned an official place in its tome. The “definitive record of...Show More Summary
Truth seems to be an increasingly flexible concept in politics. At least that's the impression the Oxford English Dictionary gave recently, as it declared "post-truth" the 2016 Word of the Year. What happens when decisions are basedShow More Summary
Presidential Election 2016:Goodbye Truth; image designed by Bernard Starr The English language is always in flux; new expressions and words are added throughout history. The Oxford English Dictionary recently unveiled 500 new words illustrating how the language has changed over the last century. Show More Summary
Stephen Hawking says we have a mere thousand years left on Earth, "post-truth" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year, and more! [ more › ]
“To tell you the truth, the OED was going nowhere in 1976, when I signed on. We didn’t know that at the time, but the University Press—who controlled its purse strings—couldn’t see how they could restore its relevance. Behind closed doors, discussions raged on about whether the dictionary should be mothballed as soon as the current update […]
The Oxford English Dictionary is the undisputed cream of the lexicographical crop, but who cares if no one consults this unwieldy behemoth? Its editors mean to change that.
Actually, there will be several Words of the Year: Collins Dictionaries is just the first to announce; we’ve yet to hear from Oxford and Merriam-Webster. We wouldn’t be surprised, though, if they all choose this word.
John Simpson was hired by the Oxford English Dictionary when he was 22 years old. He became the O.E.D.’s chief editor.
Not only has the definition of “mansplaining” been acknowledged by the Oxford English online dictionary ? it’s now officially been acknowledged by Alex Trebek, too. The term was featured during the October 19 episode of “Jeopardy!” as...Show More Summary
In the latest quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, there was great rejoicing when, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, words such as "splendiferous" and "human bean" joined the great heap of our language's modern lexicon. More quietly, the Tamil slang word "aiyo" also entered...
The Yinzer accent just got legitimate. We've talked about the Yinzer accent (A.K.A. Pixburghese) before. It's the unique dialect spoken in Western Pennsylvania. And chief among words like "slippery" and "n'at" is "jagoff," which The Oxford English Dictionary officially recognized...
The English language is dynamic. This means it is always changing. Older words fall into obsolescence, for example malagrugrous which in Scotland once meant dismal, is no longer used. This is counteracted by the development, usually through popular culture, of new words. It wasn’t too long ago that our...
A quote from Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," discovered just now as I — participating in this Facebook discussion — looked up "bigly" in the Oxford English dictionary. concluded the small woman, bigly... that cracks me ...