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These are the secret code words that let you criticize the Chinese government

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

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

Help the Oxford dictionary find first use of email

The august dictionary of the English language is asking "computer whizzes" for help.        

"Twas April, as the bumpkins say/The Legislature called it May..."

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

An Oxford English Dictionary for the Millennial Set, Fo’ Shizzle

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

Can Tory members really enstool Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader?

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.

A Language That Has Only 123 Words (And You Can Say All You Want With It)

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“While the Oxford English Dictionary contains a quarter of a million entries, and even Koko the gorilla communicates with over 1,000 gestures in American Sign Language, the total vocabulary of Toki Pona is a mere 123 words.”

Bringing Therapeutic Sound into Your Daily Life for Health and Well-Being

The Oxford English Dictionary describes stress as pressure or tension exerted on a material object or a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. When we are subjected to stressful life circumstances, our system responds by releasing hormones […]

Oxford English Dictionary Expands Word Count

last monthArts / Writing : LitReactor

Because “twerk” is now a valid term, I guess. News by Raine Winters Autotune, crowdfunding, jeggings, sext, shizzle, and twerk: what do these modern terms have in common? The answer, apparently, is The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Show More Summary

In Writing News: OED 2015 Adds Photobomb, Cisgender, Sext, Vape, Hot Mess. Plus Is Twitter Better than an MFA for POC?

last monthUnited States / Seattle : Slog

A photobombing camel, in honor of the OED's inclusion of the word "photobomb" into the lexicon. Dmitri Gomon / shutterstock.com • The Oxford English Dictionary added some new words this June, including cisgender, intersectionality, freegan, hot mess, photobomb, sext, stank, twerk, and vape. Show More Summary

An Update to the Oxford English Dictionary Reveals the Surprising Place Where Hundreds of New Words Originated

The June quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, out this week, brings with it more than 500 new words. As with other lexicographical updates we’ve seen in 2015, the OED list includes new entries tethered to a rapidly evolving...Show More Summary

“Cisgender” Is Now Defined In The Oxford English Dictionary

The O.E.D. has made cis people just another identity rather than the norm; the kidnapped Nigerian girls are being forced to fight for Boko Haram; find out the differences between male and female serial killers.

Why the Oxford English Dictionary’s Addition of Cisgender Matters

While Friday marked a historic victory for the LGBTQ community, it turns out there’s another advancement to celebrate: Last week, the Oxford English Dictionary released a list of 500 new entries, and among the more notable additions was cisgender. Show More Summary

Oxford English Dictionary Adds ‘Twerk’ and ‘Cisgender’

last monthMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has announced the addition of approximately 500 new words. Some of the newly added words include twerk, cisgender, FLOTUS, jeggings, and totes. Click on this link to check out the full list of new words. Show More Summary

“Cisgender,” “Hot Mess,” And “Twerk” Added To Oxford English Dictionary

last monthLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

The latest update to the Oxford English Dictionary included the addition of the word “cisgender.” The prefix “cis-” means “on this side of,” and the […]

New to “Oxford English Dictionary”: Masshole, Meh and E-Cigarette

Surly New Englanders can now name-check a familiar term in the Oxford English Dictionary: On Thursday, the dictionary announced that it would be adding a slew of new words and terms, including Masshole and hot mess, to its lexicon. In...Show More Summary

‘Cisgender’ – And ‘Hot Mess’ – Added To Oxford English Dictionary

last monthLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The word “cisgender” has officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), reports the Independent. The OED defines cisgender as “designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or h… The post ‘Cisgender’ – And ‘Hot Mess’ – Added To Oxford English Dictionary appeared first on Towleroad.

Meh, cisgender, jeggings, and other new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Also: Photobomb, crowdfund, totes, sext, and nearly 500 more. Read the rest

Why “disastrous” isn’t a disaster

Q: When did the “e” disappear from “disastrous”? In other words, why don’t we spell it “disasterous”? A: English borrowed both the noun and the adjective from French, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The source of the noun was désastre while the source of the adjective was désastreux (masculine) and désastreuse (feminine) However, both... Show More Summary

Oxford english dictionary adds "Twitterati" and other silly words to anger language purists.

last monthHumor / odd : Happy Place

Lovers of made-up words, rejoice! (Our lingo is totes legit.) Yes, it's true. The Oxford English Dictionary has recently added five hundred new words. If you are one of those people who recoils at the ridiculousness of "selfie," then...Show More Summary

Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words, Offers Clarity On Old Ones

last monthNews : The Two-Way

The OED unveils some modern coinage and explains a Supreme Court justice's choice of words.

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