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Oxford on Diacritics.

Jenny List had an amusing piece some years ago for the Oxford Dictionaries blog about diacritics, starting by saying you might think they’re not needed for English, and continuing: But as any halfway observant child would tell you, what about the café down the road? Or the jalapeño peppers you and your fiancée enjoyed on […]

How New Words That Enter Into the Common Lexicon Are Added to the Oxford Dictionary

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a fascinating Ted Ed lesson animated by TOGETHER, educator and anthropologist Marcel Danesi explains how new words enter the common lexicon, how words have entered the English language in the past and what it takes for a word to be added to the Oxford Dictionary. There are over 170,000 words currently in use in...

Nitwit

Corky from Atlanta, Michigan, asked about the word nitwit. It’s a great little insult –dismissive, but stopping short of outright contempt. It means a stupid, silly, or intellectually deficient person. The Oxford English Dictionary gives...Show More Summary

Is flyering the new leafleting?

Q: The other day I read that someone volunteered to help by “flyering,” as in handing out flyers. It’s not in my dictionary. How about yours? A: It’s not in any of our standard dictionaries either. Nor is it in the Oxford English Dictionary, an etymological dictionary based on historical evidence. But standard dictionaries do... ? Read More: Is flyering the new leafleting?

The sarcastic meaning of "Hello" is traced to "Back to the Future": "Hello, hello? Anybody home? Hey! Think, McFly. Think."

In the Oxford English Dictionary:Why am I researching the word "hello" at 4 in the morning? I started out writing something — it will be up next soon — about Trump's press conference, which I wanted to call "hairy." But I wasn't sure...Show More Summary

Mel Gibson Sues Producers Over “Labor Of Love” Pic About Oxford Dictionary Origins

Lawsuit: a claim or dispute brought to a law court for adjudication. That’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines what Mel Gibson and h Bruce Davey have filed against the producers of The Professor and the Madman, a film the longtime...Show More Summary

How Philanthropy Can Boost Your Brand and Build a Successful Business

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of philanthropy is “the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed by the kind donation of money to good causes”. Most people are happy to help their elderly neighbor do some grocery shopping or buy a coffee for a homeless person. Small gestures like this make […]

Stay Woken

“Woken is the usual past participle of the verb wake in modern English, but in some historical and contemporary varieties the past tense form woke is also used as a past participle.” The Oxford English Dictionary offers notes on the more than 600 new words, phrases, and senses added to its lexicon this quarter, including […] The post Stay Woken appeared first on The Millions.

And now, a word from the Oxford English Dictionary

The spring list of additions to the venerable word compendium shows how technological change affects language The post And now, a word from the Oxford English Dictionary appeared first on Macleans.ca.

On Albanian–English and English-Albanian dictionaries

There are not a lot of choices when it comes to Albanian-English dictionaries, but for any English speaker learning Albanian, hands-down the best dictionary is the Oxford Albanian-English Dictionary edited by Leonard Newmark. (Pay aShow More Summary

OED Has The Last Word: Dictionary Announces 600 Additions, Including a New Final Entry

Word nerds: get pumped. The Oxford English Dictionary (your Bible, we know) just announced it has added more than 600 new, official "best words," phrases, and senses to the annals of its "bigly" archives in its quarterly update this June. READ MORE »

The OED Has A New Last Word (And, Scrabble Players, It's Worth 23 Points!)

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Some other dictionaries have had the word before, but the Oxford English Dictionary has just admitted it. The definition? "a genus of tropical weevils (family Curculionidae) native to South America and typically found on or near palm trees."

It was only a matter of time before 'woke' got added to the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary can never let slang just be slang. In the past, it's tried to bond with its fellow kids with words such as hot mess, YOLO, and manspreading much to all of our eye-rolling.  The OED's latest update to the...Show More Summary

'Woke' is now officially defined in the Oxford English Dictionary. Thanks, teens.

3 months agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

Moms everywhere will be able to decode their children's texts thanks to the latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary. According to Time, "woke" has made it in this year's update. The slang word entered the lexicon thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement and the rising popularity of discussions involving activism and social justice. Show More Summary

The Australian National Dictionary Online.

The main page of The Australian National Dictionary says: In the tradition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Australian National Dictionary Centre – a joint initiative of the Australian National University and Oxford University Press – published The Australian National Dictionary: A Dictionary of Australianisms on Historical Principles in 1988. Show More Summary

The use of the word "pornified" in a NYT headline gets me to read a Bret Stephens column.

It's not that "pornified" isn't a word. I mean, it's not in my dictionary, The Oxford English Dictionary:But it's in the Urban Dictionary:And it doesn't need to be in any dictionary for you to understand it as a coinage. The word has...Show More Summary

Eminem’s “Stan” Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Eminem’s lingo has officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The tome now includes the word “stan” from Eminem’s song by the same name, off his 2000 album, The Marshall Mathers LP. The OED defines “stan” as “an overzealous...Show More Summary

The Eminem Definition Of “Stan” Is Now In The Dictionary

Every Stanley in the world can now also be defined as a stalker, according the Oxford English Dictionary.

Oxford English Dictionary Adds “Stan” Thanks To Eminem

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Stan has long been vernacular for someone that's an obsessive fan of something -- example: "Oh, you're a Carly Rae Jepsen stan? Us too!" -- and now it's finally been recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary as a real word, which presumably means that, eventually, a red squiggly line won't show up underneath it when…

‘Stan’ Is Now an Officially Recognized Word in the Oxford English Dictionary So It’s a Big Day for Eminem

4 months agoNews : NewsFeed

Oxford English Dictionary’s latest addition to the lexicon, the word “stan,” is often traced to one of rap’s greatest artists — none other than Marshall Mathers, otherwise known to the world as Eminem. The dictionary officially defines a “stan” as “an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity” and cites the origin as “early…

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