Dr. Samuel Johnson is today best known for his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), which remained the foremost authority on the English language until the Oxford English Dictionary appeared more than a century later. The dictionary...Show More Summary
Q: I’ve been wondering about the origin of the phrase “beside myself.” Any idea where it comes from? And where am I when I’m beside myself? A: The earliest example of “beside oneself” in the Oxford English Dictionary is from a 1490 translation by William Caxton of Virgil’s Aeneid: “Mad and beside herself.” The OED... ? Read More: Beside yourself? Where’s that?
--Ceci n'est pas une pomme (This is not an apple), Rene Magritte According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the word "snapshot" was originally a hunting term --One Hour Photo (2002) Can we film the operation? Is the head dead yet? You...Show More Summary
The Oxford English Dictionary credits The Wycliffe Bible, a 14th century Middle English translation of the Bible, with more early citations of English words than the works of Dickens, Ben Jonson, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys, and John Milton combined. Show More Summary
From the Language Corner of the Columbia Journalism Review:Nowadays, “stave off” means to keep at bay, fight off, or defend against. But in its original, noun form, around 1400, the Oxford English Dictionary says, a “stave” was a thin...Show More Summary
Topic: Books The OED quotes the Beastie Boys nine times! That’s a pretty respectable tally for any modern author, let alone a trio of rappers whose renown is largely due to a song called “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)”. Show More Summary
Work-life balance is a struggle for many people. Yet, this concept is very new. According to the Oxford English Dictionary,... The post 10 Signs You Are Having Work-Life Balance appeared first on Lifehack.
From Russell Napier of Eric The failure of the SNB, invisible cloth and a one-way ticket to Palookaville Definition of ‘fix’ (Oxford English Dictionary): (v) To fasten, make firm; to deprive of volatility or fluidity(v) To adjust, make...Show More Summary
People awakening from a "nightmare" often have the sensation that they can't breathe. Not surprising: That's where the word "nightmare" comes from. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the first used of "nightmare" in English to around 1300, as "a female spirit or monster supposed to settle on and produce a feeling of suffocation in a sleeping person or animal." Other...
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. “United’s somewhat pyrrhic court victory” and “Court...Show More Summary
In-house columnist Mark Herrmann nominates a word that should appear in the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
To celebrate "The Simpsons'" 25th Anniversary, Oxford Dictionaries turned to English professor Michael Adams to examine how the show has changed the language.
Over at the Oxford Dictionaries blog, there's an essay by author and Indiana University at Bloomington professor Michael Adams that investigates how The Simpsons has helped shape the English language over the past 25 years. Read mor...
Four times a year, the venerable Oxford English Dictionary releases a list of words it has added, revised, or otherwise updated. Given that the OED contains nearly 300,000 entries, releasing a new edition that thoroughly updates is a monumental task. (The latest fully updated edition was only the second, and was released in 1989.) So, in this online world, the...
The editors at OxfordDictionaries.com try to stay on top of the latest developments in English vocabulary, and they just added 1,000 new words to their online dictionary. Updates include acronyms like WTAF ("what the actual f__"), shortenings like jel (jealous), and creative spellings like hawt and fone. Show More Summary
We guess this is cool? Although we're not sure our high school English teachers would appreciate it! Oxford Dictionaries Online is trying to possibly increase its younger audience with a few slang words added to their database, and they do NOT seem like Oxford Dictionary material! However, it's a new world these days, so maybe this is exactly [...]
The English language is constantly changing, and that's why, every year, there are new, trendy terms you need to incorporate into your vernacular. Usually, they're the words the Oxford English Dictionary adds, like "twerk," "selfie," and yes, even "YOLO." And sometimes, the terms are so new, the OED doesn't pick them up until much later. Show More Summary
In 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary crowned “selfie” as the Word of the Year. The year before, it was “gif.” Now the folks behind the dictionary have announced the 2014 Word of the Year, and it’s “vape.” Vape is a verb meaning to use an electronic cigarette, although it can also be used as a noun for the e-cog itself. Show More Summary
1. dasiberdAn insult of the 15th century variety, a dasiberd is a fool or simpleton. Another form is dasybead, says the Oxford English Dictionary, as formed by combining dazy, "in a dazed condition," and beard, either with the idea of...Show More Summary
We're going to make things a little "hairy" this week, in several senses of the word. "Hirsute" means "hairy," but usually a scraggly kind of hairy, more Hagrid than Hemingway. The Oxford English Dictionary says "hirsute" comes from the Latin for "rough, shaggy, bristly," and was first used in 1621. Journalists tend to call anyone with facial hair "hirsute," though...