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ICYMI: It's No Longer Possible To Distinguish Parody From Real Life

Stephen Hawking says we have a mere thousand years left on Earth, "post-truth" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year, and more! [ more › ]

How The Oxford English Dictionary Reinvented Its Relevance

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“To tell you the truth, the OED was going nowhere in 1976, when I signed on. We didn’t know that at the time, but the University Press—who controlled its purse strings—couldn’t see how they could restore its relevance. Behind closed doors, discussions raged on about whether the dictionary should be mothballed as soon as the current update […]

How They Made the OED User-Friendly

3 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

The Oxford English Dictionary is the undisputed cream of the lexicographical crop, but who cares if no one consults this unwieldy behemoth? Its editors mean to change that.

2016’s Word Of The Year Is ‘Politics’ Most Important Contribution To The English Language Since Watergate’

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Actually, there will be several Words of the Year: Collins Dictionaries is just the first to announce; we’ve yet to hear from Oxford and Merriam-Webster. We wouldn’t be surprised, though, if they all choose this word.

Open Book: Look It Up

John Simpson was hired by the Oxford English Dictionary when he was 22 years old. He became the O.E.D.’s chief editor.

'Mansplaining' Was Featured On 'Jeopardy!' And It Was Perfection

Not only has the definition of “mansplaining” been acknowledged by the Oxford English online dictionary ? it’s now officially been acknowledged by Alex Trebek, too. The term was featured during the October 19 episode of “Jeopardy!” as...Show More Summary

Oxford English Dictionary Quietly Adds Tamil Slang 'Aiyo'

In the latest quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, there was great rejoicing when, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, words such as "splendiferous" and "human bean" joined the great heap of our language's modern lexicon. More quietly, the Tamil slang word "aiyo" also entered...

Celebrate Jagoff's Induction Into The Oxford English Dictionary With 'Greg And Donny'

2 months agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

The Yinzer accent just got legitimate. We've talked about the Yinzer accent (A.K.A. Pixburghese) before. It's the unique dialect spoken in Western Pennsylvania. And chief among words like "slippery" and "n'at" is "jagoff," which The Oxford English Dictionary officially recognized...

New English Words: September 2016 Additions to the Oxford English Dictionary

The English language is dynamic. This means it is always changing. Older words fall into obsolescence, for example malagrugrous which in Scotland once meant dismal, is no longer used. This is counteracted by the development, usually through popular culture, of new words. It wasn’t too long ago that our...

"'I don't see that I deserve to be put upon and stormed at for nothing!' concluded the small woman, bigly."

A quote from Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," discovered just now as I — participating in this Facebook discussion — looked up "bigly" in the Oxford English dictionary. concluded the small woman, bigly... that cracks me ...

Do You Really Own Your Gold?

Do You Really Own Your Gold?by Ted Bauman, Editor, The Bauman Letter What does it mean to “own” something? It’s a question you should be asking … especially if that something is gold. The Oxford English Dictionary defines ownership as “the act, state, or right of possessing something.” That sounds about right. Show More Summary

Six words added to Oxford English Dictionary to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Anniversary

Topic: Authors oald Dahl, who was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and fighter pilot, remembered for his witty, beautifully written children’s books, the author having created some of our most beloved fictional...Show More Summary

“Gender-Fluid” Added to Oxford English Dictionary

More than 1,000 words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in 2016, and among them is “gender-fluid.” “Gender-fluid” is used to describe “a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating toShow More Summary

David Barton, Who Lies About His “Doctorate,” Says People Shouldn’t “Change the Meaning of Words”

Christian pseudo-historian David Barton is very upset that the word "gender-fluid" will soon appear in the Oxford English Dictionary, because changing the meaning of words can "often [lead] you in a wrong direction."He would know. He's the guy who changed the definition of "doctor" so it applied to him.

‘Not So Fast, OED,’ Says Shakespeare Scholar

According to a new article by University of Melbourne lecturer Dr. David McInnis, published for the university, the Oxford English Dictionary may have falsely credited William Shakespeare as the creator of a number of English phrases ranging from “it’s all Greek to me” and a “wild goose chase.” More: Shakespeare did not coin phrases such […]

Squee! A Dictionary Editor Defended The Use Of Internet Slang

Squee! Squee! The Oxford English Dictionary announced its quarterly update this week, and among its bevy of noteworthy new words is one that gained its notoriety right here on the world wide web: “squee,” which means “an exclamationShow More Summary

Six of Roald Dahl's made-up words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary to celebrate his centenary

Topic: Books To honor the centenary of his birth this month, the Oxford English Dictionary has updated its latest edition today (Sept. 12) with six new words connected to Dahl’s writing, and revisions to six other phrases popularized by Dahl’s evocative stories. Show More Summary

Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, Tesla Motors, Matt Bevin, Oxford English Dictionary, Ryan Potter: HOT LINKS

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

SUPER BOWL 2017. Lady Gaga is in talks to perform the halftime show this year. NFL says, ““We have had conversations with several fantastic artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.” ON THE STUMP. President Obama campaigns for...Show More Summary

Scrumdiddlyumptious and other Roald Dahlesque words now in the Oxford English Dictionary

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In celebration of the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth this month, the Oxford English Dictionary has added words and updated entries related to Dahl's iconic children's books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG. From OED.com: This...Show More Summary

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