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Inbred Alabama Hicks Can’t Even Spell Why They Hate Transgenders So Much

There is a town called OXFORD, Alabama, and it sounds like the town council/shootin’ range/squirrel recipe dispensary needs an OXFORD English Dictionary, because boy howdy, let us tell you about these dumb motherfuckers. The City Council is so mad about how Target says it’s OK for transgenders to whiz, poop and otherwise adjust their business in

“Cisgender” and “Genderqueer” Added to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

Merriam-Webster, the leading U.S. publisher of dictionaries, added “cisgender” and “genderqueer” to its lexicon yesterday, following a similar decision by the Oxford English Dictionary last year. The new definitions are: Cisgender: of,...Show More Summary

Music Review: Sam Kidel - Disruptive Muzak

Sam Kidel Disruptive Muzak [The Death of Rave; 2016] Rating: 3.5/5 D isruptive Muzak. It’s a deliberately worded album title if ever there was one, with an adjective defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “causing or tending toShow More Summary

Don’t sweat it

Q: As someone who ranks high on the perspiration index, I was wondering when the phrase “don’t sweat it” came about. A: “Don’t sweat it” first showed up in print about 50 years ago, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, but we’ve found a similar expression that appeared in writing 50 years before... ? Read More: Don’t sweat it

Hollywood Is a Verb | Programs That Pop

“Don’t you love the Oxford dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really, really long poem about everything,” said David Bowie in 1999. In “Hollywood Is a Verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary [OED],”Show More Summary

Distracted? It’s Nothing New (They Were Talking About This In The 1700s)

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The first time inattention emerged as a social threat was in 18th-century Europe, during the Enlightenment, just as logic and science were pushing against religion and myth. The Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1710 entry from Tatler as its first reference to this word, coupling inattention with indolence; both are represented as moral vices of […]

“Cnty” Was Just Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

The Oxford English Dictionary just added the word "cunty" among other new entries.

Help Create a Dictionary of Southern California Words

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Studio system, Zinfandel, beat poet, greaser—these are just a few of the many words in the Oxford English Dictionary with California roots. You can explore an interactive timeline of when they came into the language at the site for Hollywood...Show More Summary

25 Words Turning 25 in 2016

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

If you were born in 1991, not only do you have something in common with the World Wide Web, the Honeycrisp apple, and the Jerry Springer show, you got to grow up with these words that have their first Oxford English Dictionary citations in 1991.

16 Words You Might Be Surprised are 100 Years Old

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The earliest citations in the Oxford English Dictionary for these 16 words are from 1916—100 years ago. Some of them might surprise you.

Los Angeles Library Events to Celebrate OED

3 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library are celebrating the Oxford English Dictionary throughout the month of March with an event called: Hollywood Is A Verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Life of the Mind: Oliver Sacks’s 121 Formative and Favorite Books from a Lifetime of Reading

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

From Descartes to Curie to the Oxford English Dictionary, a biblio-anatomy of an unrepeatable mind.

The Universal Apocrypha of Linguistics and Verbal Ordnance

The first panel from today's Girl Genius refers to Traubhünd's Universal Apocrypha of Linguistics and Verbal Ordnance: …better known these days as the Oxford English Dictionary

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: When 'Possibly' & 'Probably' Mean 'Certainly'

In my Concise Oxford Dictionary "probable" is defined as "that may be expected to happen or prove true, likely" and "possible" is defined as "that can exist, be done, or happen." But something very strange happened to the English language on Thursday, January 21st, 2016. The words "probably" and "possibly" changed their meaning to "certainly."

Oxford English Dictionary Agrees To Review Language After Accusations Of Sexism

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Why does the Oxford English Dictionary portray feminists as rabid? -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Why emojis are a no-brainer for digital communication

SAN FRANCISCO — When the Oxford English Dictionary declared an emoji its 2015 word of the year, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. The emoji it singled out — an image of a laughing yellow face crying tears of joy — did not fit most people's definition of a word. To some, it was even less of a word...

The Oxford Dictionary's Pervasive Sexism Is Finally Getting Put On Blast

3 months agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Last week, an anthropologist named Michael Oman-Reagan came across a rather cringeworthy entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. Hey @OxfordWords, why is "rabid feminist" the usage example of "rabid" in your dictionary - maybe change that? pic.twitter.com/3zJnwZ3RLx— Michael Oman-Reagan...

Oxford Dictionaries Apologizes for “Rabid” Feminism Tweet; Gets Trolled by Disappointed Misogynists

3 months agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Last week, the Oxford Dictionaries twitter account made a pretty dismissive joke about feminism when anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan expressed concerns over the usage example "rabid feminist" in the Oxford Dictionary of English's entry for "rabid."

Oxford Dictionary Realizes Illustrating 'Rabid' With 'Feminist' Isn't the Smartest Move

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Language matters. You’d think the makers of the world’s preeminent English dictionary would know this better than anybody, but sometimes one wonders. Read more...

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