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The Message You Send When Your Text Reply Ends In A Period

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

Hooray! Vagina Emojis Are Here

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

Emoji is the OED Word of the Year

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...

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 isn’t a word, it’s an emoji

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 […] quarterly update: new words added today include hangry, Grexit, and wine o’clock

Topic: Books Today Oxford University Press announces the latest quarterly update to, 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

An Emoji Is The Word Of The Year

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

The "Word" of the Year is an Emoji

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...

American Voices: Oxford Selects An Emoji As Word Of The Year

last weekHumor : The Onion

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?

In Defense of That Dumb Emoji as Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘Word of the Year’

“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

Jezebel The Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year Is an Emoji | Kotaku Ronda Rousey Is Still

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Jezebel The Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year Is an Emoji | Kotaku Ronda Rousey Is Still Great | Gawker Coffee Is the Elixir of Life, One Might Say | Lifehacker “Everything in Moderation” Is a Terrible Rule to Eat By Read more...

The Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year Is an Emoji

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... an emoji

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

The Science Of Selfies

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

Europe Sees 126% Rise In Activist Investor Action In Five Years

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 [...]

Oxford English Dictionary Birthday Word Generator

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

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

'Iron Ass:' Where George H.W. Bush's Chosen Epithet For Cheney Came From

3 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

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.

Gathering Gossip and Parsing Truth at the Istanbul Biennial

last monthArts : Hyperallergic

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.

Is your volunteer vacation deductible? That depends.

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...

5 Ways to Turn Failure into Success

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

Recurgitating Makes Me Hangry, and Other Thoughts on Neologisms

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

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