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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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

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...

THE WAR ON LANGUAGE CONTINUES: Feminists attack Oxford Dictionary of English for ‘reinforcing sexist…

THE WAR ON LANGUAGE CONTINUES: Feminists attack Oxford Dictionary of English for ‘reinforcing sexist stereotypes’ Really, they’re just at war with reality.

On Oxford Dictionaries and “Rabid” Feminism

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan has been tweeting screenshots of usage examples from the Oxford Dictionary of English that he feels perpetuate sexist biases.

Here’s how!

Q: Why is the expression “Here’s how!” used as a toast? Nobody I know has an answer, including my martini-loving 94-year-old mom. A: The expression is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as “a formula used in drinking healths,” but there’s no clue about what it means. The OED’s earliest citation is from the late... ? Read More: Here’s how!

How the Oxford English Dictionary Went from Murderer's Pet Project to Internet Lexicon

A 1989 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, which contains 59 million words. (Photo: Cofrin Library/flickr) A shot rang out into the cold night air in Lambeth Marsh, a notorious London slum. Police officers rushed to the scene. There, they found a well-dressed surgeon, Dr. Show More Summary

12 Slang Words That Need to Die in 2016

2015 was an major year for the English language - Oxford Dictionaries crowned an emoji word of the year and slang played an integral part of social media, more than ever before. But some of these slang words have been so overplayed, they need to go away... stat. Ahead, check out 12 terms that everyone should stop saying in 2016 and replace with these instead - amirite?!

BuyerQuest and Cranking the E-Procurement Dial to ’11’

Categories: eProcurement / Procurement, P2P, Solution Providers, Technology Tags: PRO Sometimes you need to turn the dial up to 11. This expression, which actually made it into the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, comes from the cult...Show More Summary

‘Hangry’? Want a Slice of ‘Piecaken’? The Top New Food Words for 2015

The language of dining is changing to reflect new menus and new hashtags, and the Oxford English Dictionary adopted plenty of food slang this year.

Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Eggnog

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Eggnog can trace its roots back as far as the 14th century, when medieval Englishmen enjoyed a hot cocktail known as posset. Posset didn’t contain eggs – the Oxford English Dictionary describes it as “a drink made of hot milk curdled...Show More Summary

othmeralia: The Crucible!  The Oxford English Dictionary (OED)...

othmeralia: The Crucible!  The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines a crucible as a vessel, usually of earthenware, made to endure great heat, used for fusing metals, etc.; a melting-pot – so when I was asked to assist with a name...Show More Summary

Swoft-boating

Q: Is “swoft” a word? I’ve been told it’s an old word for a liar, but I can’t find it in my dictionary. A: “Swoft” is a very rare word, but it isn’t about lying. It’s about dirt and dust bunnies. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “swoft” as “sweepings.” This isn’t a word you... ? Read More: Swoft-boating

The Message You Send When Your Text Reply Ends In A Period

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

The Oxford English Dictionary's recent announced that its 2015 "word" of the year is an emoji confirmed that texting is indeed creating a whole new... not language, exactly, but certainly a distinctive dialect. This extremely abbreviated...Show More Summary

Hooray! Vagina Emojis Are Here

Just what the world needs now—'vagmojis'! The Oxford English Dictionary has declared "emoji" the word of the year, so you know the proliferation of emojis is a serious matter! Now entering the fray, vagina emojis! Or, if you prefer,Show More Summary

Emoji is the OED Word of the Year

On Monday, the Oxford English Dictionary unveiled 2015’s “word of the year.” There were some pretty tough competitors - from “sharing economy” to “lumbersexual” to “on fleek.” But in the...

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