Trench foot, whizz-bangs, and a plate of monkey meat? No wonder soldiers in the First World War hoped for a cushy wound to get them sent home. As part of the centenary celebrations, the Oxford English Dictionary is updating its coverage...Show More Summary
Next time you’re at the diner for breakfast, try ordering “Zeppelins in a cloud.” That’s slang for sausages and mashed potatoes, inspired by the airships used for spying and bombing during World War I, according to the editors of the...Show More Summary
Blame phones with front-facing cameras, or human vanity, or the Oxford English Dictionary for making “selfie” their 2013 word of the year. No matter who you blame, the selfie is here to stay, so we might as well start having fun with...Show More Summary
This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The Oxford English Dictionary is honoring the centenary with an appeal to the public for help in finding the earliest documented uses of words that first came into English during World War I. Show More Summary
A couple of listeners asked about slang terms for a jail or jail cell. The select list below shows the year in which the word entered English with that particular meaning. The source is the Oxford English Dictionary. · bastille , from the name of the prison-fortress built in Paris in the 14 th century. Show More Summary
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. Does trust apply to you pertaining to frequent travel...Show More Summary
In 2013, the Oxford Dictionary added more than 2,000 new words, and now the world's foremost authority on the English language includes such entries as badassery, showrooming, live blog, emoji, bitcoin and, naturally, twerking. The ubiquitous...Show More Summary
Thought leaders make more money but getting there can be a real slog. Try this simple trick to become known as an expert in a fraction of the time. Here’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines thought leader: “One whose views onShow More Summary
From an essay in The Atlantic:The use of xo to denote hugs and kisses dates back to at least 1763, when The Oxford English Dictionary first defined X as "kiss," but e?mail and social media have provided a newly fertile habitat... At first, its virtual identity was clear: a pithy farewell, sweeter than See you later, less personal than Love. Show More Summary
All hail the silver fox of dictionaries. The Oxford English Dictionary turns 130 today. The first published installment of the definitive dictionary was printed back in 1884. The OED took more than 40 years to reach completion — all 400,000 plus words and phrases in 10 volumes. Show More Summary
Oxford gave us the English Dictionary. Well, it gave us the first volume thereof and we knew the meaning of every word from "a" to "ant". So, as long as you were anchoring aardvarks to alligators, you were ok but try to alter an appetite, and you were out of luck. Show More Summary
According to the brainiacs at the Oxford English Dictionary — that linguistic treasury that contains more than 800,000 words — some buzzy phrases that seem new fangled are actually kind of old. Read more...
“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K. G. Campbell, has won this year’s Newbery Medal. For the first time in twenty years, the Oxford English Dictionary has hired a new chief editor, Michael Proffitt....read more
The earliest use of the seemingly recent verb "unfriend" was found by the Oxford English Dictionary to have been used way back in 1659 (in T. Fuller Let. P. Heylyn in Appeal Injured Innoc. iii).Noted in "Language by the Book, but the Book Is Evolving/O.E.D.’s New Chief Editor Speaks of Its Future."
In a profile piece with The New York Times, Michael Proffitt, the new chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary sounded optimistic about the future of the dictionaries. “My idea about dictionaries is that, in a way, their time has come,” he told The Times. Show More Summary
He grew up in Edinburgh, wears sharp suits, and added the entry for “phat” to the Oxford English Dictionary. Meet the new editor in chief of the OED, Michael Proffitt. Tom Rachman profiles him at The New York Times.
Did you have a favorite GIF of 2013? Was it ex-mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, dancing to "One Love"? You now have a way to honor that beautiful sequence of moments. In 2012, the Oxford English Dictionary made "to Gif" a verb; this yearShow More Summary
Thanks to an increase in usage of 17,000 percent, Oxford English Dictionary crowned ‘selfie’ the 2013 word of the year. But how exactly did they become such an integral part of our modern culture? The infographic below by Marketo examines...Show More Summary
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "candy" as we know it today gained usage in the 15th century, but King Inc., the company behind the captivating Candy Crush smartphone game, has just recently trademarked it, reports Gamezebo. Show More Summary
12 months in 26 characters Year in Review "Selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year. There's nothing new about a "selfie" - it's a self-portrait - but a perfect storm of social networks and smartphones has given popularity to a word and an act even world leaders feel it's OK to do on really serious occasions.…