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A New Addition to the OED: Sonic Screwdriver

5 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Doctor Who has been a staple of British culture for over 50 years, and now it has officially infiltrated the language -that's why the Oxford English Dictionary will be adding the word Sonic Screwdriver to the newest editions starting in June. Show More Summary

Woo-who! Famous 'Doctor Who' phrase joins Oxford dictionary - CNET

The Oxford English Dictionary embraces the time-traveling adventures of the Doctor's favorite gadget.

'Doctor Who' fans will be thrilled and delighted by the latest Oxford Dictionary addition

According to The Doctor, books are the best weapons in the world. So Whovians should take great pleasure in knowing that the Oxford English Dictionary is adding one of the most important wibbly wobbly, timey wimey terms from Doctor Who...Show More Summary

'Sonic Screwdriver' Breaks Time and Space in Order to Be Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Just ahead of the season premiere of Doctor Who, the good people at the OED had a little tie-in to announce: “sonic screwdriver,” the Doctor’s multipurpose magic tool, is getting its own entry. Read more...

Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdriver Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Rejoice, Whovians. (And get ready to be confused, everyone else.) The sonic screwdriver, a fictional multi-purpose gadget from BBC’s Doctor Who is soon to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary. If you’re already a fan, you know what the sonic screwdriver is. If you’re not, you might want to ... More »

Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdriver Added to Oxford Dictionary

The Doctor's multipurpose tool joins the TARDIS, Dalek and Cyberman in the Oxford English Dictionary. The post Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdriver Added to Oxford Dictionary appeared first on CBR.

“Sonic Screwdriver” Will Be Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

last weekHumor / odd : Geekosystem

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced on their blog that "sonic screwdriver" will be added to the OED as part of the June update.

Middle English–an overview | Oxford English Dictionary

Etymology refers to (1) the origin or derivation of a word, and (2) the branch of linguistics concerned with the history of the forms and meanings of words. How to Write a Thesis: A Working Guide R Chandrasekhar Australian Research Centre for Medical Engineering (ARCME) The University of Western Australia

Quidditch isn’t just for Harry Potter fans anymore. Just ask the Oxford English Dictionary.

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

J.K. Rowling may have invented the word “quidditch,” but the Oxford English Dictionary gave the wizarding word a whole new definition on Tuesday when it added it to its venerable tome. No longer a game solely for those who can fly in novels, the OED defines quidditch as many college campuses have come to known […]

How Does Trend Forecasting Really Work?

You’ve heard of normcore. It is one of the defining fashion trends of the century so far. “Normcore” came second only to “vape” for the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2014 (it came second equal, tied with “bae”). It emerged when “trend forecasting collective” K-Hole were invited to present on generational branding […]

10 stunning selfies that have made history

It might have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary only in 2013, but the "selfie" has always been an important form of expression in art history.  SEE ALSO: You can now take selfies... with your feet? From Rembrandt to Frida Kahlo,...Show More Summary

The cheapening of orchestra titles

The Philharmonia Orchestra today announced two appointments. Both of them are called Principal Guest Conductor. Principal, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is an adjective meaning ‘main or most important’. So which of these two chaps below is main, and which is most important? The LSO has the same PGC label for Gianandrea Noseda and Francois-Xavier […]

Why So Many Words Die

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Of the Oxford English Dictionary’s 231,000 entries, at least a fifth are obsolete. They range from “aa”, a stream or waterway (try that in Scrabble), to “zymome”, “that constituent of gluten which is insoluble in alcohol”. That is surely an undercounting.

Forgive my haterade clicktivism, but we don’t need these new words

New coinages that reflect the latest wave of online political activism form a significant section of more than 300 new definitions in the database, which is a sister work to the Oxford English Dictionary. Additions including “clicktivism”...Show More Summary

Frustration: The Silent Scream of Multiple Sclerosis

Likely the best gift I was ever given was the Oxford English Dictionaries. This was before the days of the online version, but it was the CD version I was given, not the 20-volume book set. I love words, their sounds, their definitions, and their etymology. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! Putting a […]

Time, Stress and MS: When Saying ‘No’ is Good for Your Health

Time. We all know it is important. Time is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole.” In simple terms, time is life in a series of moments. Show More Summary

A Short History Of Think Tanks

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

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.”

25 Words Turning 25 in 2017

4 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

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.

Kleptomaniacs and kleptocrats

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.”...

“YouTuber” Is Now A Word In The Oxford English Dictionary

4 months agoWeb / Web Videos : Tubefilter

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

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