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
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
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...
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has a long and proud tradition of untangling the bizarre nature of the English language and presenting it in a single volume. It’s seen by many as the […]
Topic: Books Today Oxford University Press announces the latest quarterly update to OxfordDictionaries.com, its free online dictionary of current English. Words from a wide variety of topics are included in this update, so whatever your...Show More Summary
The Oxford English Dictionary (EOD) has selected a specific emoji as its word of the year. Meanwhile Twitter appears to be considering following Facebook in allowing a range of emoji to replace a simple “like” button. The OED selected...Show More Summary
What a time to be alive. This year, the Oxford English Dictionary has bucked tradition and named the "Face With Tears of Joy" emoji as its...
The Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2015 is not in fact a word, but what they have dubbed the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji, which accounts for 17 percent of all emojis sent in U.S. texts and whose use is steeply on the rise. What do you think?
“That’s right,” wrote the Oxford English Dictionary blog yesterday, “for the first time ever, the [OED] Word of the Year is a pictograph.” …Read More
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For years, the OED went at least somewhat dignified with their new “words of the year” selections. In 2014 they selected “vape”; in 2013 it was “selfie”—two words we’d all dutifully added to our daily lives. But times are hard. So hard that the Dictionary’s celebrated addition this year is just... a picture. Read more...
Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year is as much about capturing the cultural zeitgeist as it is reflecting the evolution of the English language, and that's truer than ever in 2015. For the first time ever, the institution chose emoji (the "tears of joy" icon you see above) to win the honor -- yes, actual words lost out. Show More Summary
Although the term “selfie” has not yet been added to the official Oxford English Dictionary, the act of taking this particular type of photograph has certainly invaded popular culture around the world, as mobile devices with front-facing cameras, selfie sticks and other accoutrements proliferate. Read More
A 'perfect storm' ? According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)- "An especially bad situation caused by a combination of unfavourable circumstances": as a description it may - or may not- be apt, depending on your point of view. Globally there have been 860 shareholder activist actions so far this year and Europe has seen [...]
Do you know which words entered the English language around the same time you entered the world? Use this OED birthday word generator to find out. The Oxford English Dictionary scoured the dictionary to find words with a first knownShow More Summary
The authority of the English language — the Oxford American Dictionary — doesn't include it. But one of the first documented uses dates back to World War II.
ISTANBUL — “Gossip,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “trifling or groundless rumour.” I actually like to think of it as knowledge, but the kind that’s not considered true or rational — at least not yet anyway.
Consider the irony. The same year that "voluntourism" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, I learned that such noble undertakings are often not tax-deductible. For my family's weeklong volunteer vacation, we helped rebuild houses in New Orleans that had been damaged in the wake of Hurricane...
You might recognize Nev Schulman from his popular MTV show, "Catfish." Now officially adopted in the Oxford dictionary, catfish [kat-fish] is a verb in the English language: Catfish: To pretend to be someone you're not online by posting...Show More Summary
by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger By now you may have recovered from your initial outrage over the new words the Oxford English Dictionary authorized in its latest edition. If you missed the stories about it, read on. Show More Summary