Taylor Coe

Taylor Coe works for Oxford Dictionaries.

Articles by Taylor Coe


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9 drinks named after people

Not unlike certain kinds of food, sometimes people end up being strongly associated with certain drinks, especially cocktails. Usually, the famous are those who end up with their name attached, even if the drink was not their own invention. This is the case with several of the drinks below. However, it seems as though other […]

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12 dog breed names and their origins

As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Named for their places of origin and sometimes even their original breeders, breed names offer a fascinating look into how we relate to man’s best friend. Let’s take a look at 12 different breeds and the backstories that their names have to offer. […]

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9 Instagram hashtags you should know

Thus far in the 21st century, social media has proven itself to be a hotbed of linguistic invention. This development of specialized vocabulary and slang – some of it often spreading into more mainstream usage – is certainly true of Instagram. The very name of this social media service offers some linguistic creativity, in the […]

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Word in the news: boycott

In a recent interview that appeared in the Italian magazine Panorama, fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbara stirred up controversy by voicing their opposition to adoption by gay parents as well as to in vitro fertilization, advocating that ‘the only family is the traditional one’. The comments were quickly picked up by social media, […]

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Where does the word cyber come from?

Does cyber sound dated to you? Like the phrases Information Superhighway and surfing the Web, something about the word calls one back to the early era of the Internet, not unlike when you ask a person for a URL and they start to read off, ‘H-t-t-p, colon, forward slash…’ But for every use of the […]

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Dr. Dre and the language of gangsta rap

The hip hop world knows Dr. Dre as one of its most skilled producers and as a significant mentor to other prominent rappers – including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 Cent – but not as one of the genre’s most significant wordsmiths. However, Dre’s influence on the vocabulary of English is enormous even despite his […]

Onolatry - Worship of the donkey or ass, onolatry has also come to refer in extended use to “excessive admiration for or devotion to foolishness or a foolish thing.”

Beyond basic idolatry: other forms of worship

Rejected by several of the world’s religions, including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, idolatry refers to the practice of worshiping an image or representation of a god rather than the true god. Many are probably familiar with idolatry due to its inclusion in the Ten Commandments, which state that a believer should not make an image […]

Liam Neeson stars in the upcoming film "Taken 3."

Taken 3 or Tak3n? Switching letters for numbers

The latest (and presumably last) installment of the Taken series, starring Liam Neeson, highlights an interesting trend in the language of media branding. Although the film’s title is officially Taken 3, the film has often been stylized in advertisements as Tak3n, with the ‘e’ replaced by a ‘3’. It’s worth noting, of course, that this […]

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