A “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something” is the definition of the word trust, according to the Oxford dictionary of American English. “United’s somewhat pyrrhic court victory” and “Court...Show More Summary
In-house columnist Mark Herrmann nominates a word that should appear in the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
To celebrate "The Simpsons'" 25th Anniversary, Oxford Dictionaries turned to English professor Michael Adams to examine how the show has changed the language.
Over at the Oxford Dictionaries blog, there's an essay by author and Indiana University at Bloomington professor Michael Adams that investigates how The Simpsons has helped shape the English language over the past 25 years. Read mor...
Four times a year, the venerable Oxford English Dictionary releases a list of words it has added, revised, or otherwise updated. Given that the OED contains nearly 300,000 entries, releasing a new edition that thoroughly updates is a monumental task. (The latest fully updated edition was only the second, and was released in 1989.) So, in this online world, the...
The editors at OxfordDictionaries.com try to stay on top of the latest developments in English vocabulary, and they just added 1,000 new words to their online dictionary. Updates include acronyms like WTAF ("what the actual f__"), shortenings like jel (jealous), and creative spellings like hawt and fone. Show More Summary
We guess this is cool? Although we're not sure our high school English teachers would appreciate it! Oxford Dictionaries Online is trying to possibly increase its younger audience with a few slang words added to their database, and they do NOT seem like Oxford Dictionary material! However, it's a new world these days, so maybe this is exactly [...]
The English language is constantly changing, and that's why, every year, there are new, trendy terms you need to incorporate into your vernacular. Usually, they're the words the Oxford English Dictionary adds, like "twerk," "selfie," and yes, even "YOLO." And sometimes, the terms are so new, the OED doesn't pick them up until much later. Show More Summary
In 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary crowned “selfie” as the Word of the Year. The year before, it was “gif.” Now the folks behind the dictionary have announced the 2014 Word of the Year, and it’s “vape.” Vape is a verb meaning to use an electronic cigarette, although it can also be used as a noun for the e-cog itself. Show More Summary
1. dasiberdAn insult of the 15th century variety, a dasiberd is a fool or simpleton. Another form is dasybead, says the Oxford English Dictionary, as formed by combining dazy, "in a dazed condition," and beard, either with the idea of...Show More Summary
We're going to make things a little "hairy" this week, in several senses of the word. "Hirsute" means "hairy," but usually a scraggly kind of hairy, more Hagrid than Hemingway. The Oxford English Dictionary says "hirsute" comes from the Latin for "rough, shaggy, bristly," and was first used in 1621. Journalists tend to call anyone with facial hair "hirsute," though...
Mac asked what a meme is, commenting that the term is showing up everywhere. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “a cultural element or behavioural trait whose transmission and consequent persistence in a population, although occurring by non-genetic means (esp. Show More Summary
Back in 2009 I was posting enthusiastically about The Oxford History of English Lexicography, and in this post I discussed “Major American Dictionaries,” going straight from Joseph Worcester’s Dictionary of the English Language (1860) to the Century Dictionary (1889) without mentioning “The American Dictionary of 1864, the ‘Webster-Mahn’” (to quote the title of their section […]
According to the Oxford English dictionary, the definition of "disruptor" is "one who breaks up, one who causes disruption." When we think of "Remarkable Disruptors," the theme of the inaugural TEDxTeen London event, (which I'm hosting...Show More Summary
In the introduction to the original Oxford English Dictionary its editor included a diagram: at its heart was "English": the language as a whole. Around it were various subsets: regional, technical, formal... and slang. Slang may have been bottom center of the chart, set above the lower depths, but no matter. Show More Summary
In November 2013, the word “selfie” was chosen as the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary. Props are being giving to the Australians for coining the phrase, but the whole world has taken this social media craze to the next level. Show More Summary
Okay, look out folks, senior citizen out of control and about to rant! To quote any queen on the Drag Race, I'm sick of being treated as a pariah (which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as: "a term of reproach or abuse: a worthless or contemptible person; a wretch, a cur."), officially! Read more...
Binge-watching is a new cultural phenomenon. So much so, the term is one of a handful newly inducted into the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Sure, binge-watching existed when VHS was still in vogue, but DVDs, Blu-rays,...Show More Summary
As social media helps to change the way we communicate, Oxford Dictionary adds several popular phrases to its roster. The …
The Oxford English Dictionary has added a handful of controversial new words to its online version for 2014! From baller to humblebrag, we've organized a minicourse in defining many of the year's newest words.