Category: Dictionaries and lexicography

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22 ways to say yes

The word yes is great and all … but there’s plenty of other ways you can offer someone a verbal go-ahead. So if you feel like dipping your toes into the wild waters of alternative affirmations, then take a gander at the list below. If you’re feeling brave, deploy an aye aye in a business […]

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Words from all over the lot: notes on the OED update

It’s OED update time again, and as usual, we’ve got words from all over the lot for you, from a new-old sense of waterbuck (meaning an aquatic insect, possibly a pond-skater), recorded in a single thousand-year-old quotation, to a sense of waterball (‘a transparent inflatable sphere which can be propelled across water by a person […]

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From ‘telly addict’ to ‘hoverboard’: an OED update

August saw a host of new words enter OxfordDictionaries.com – so this month, it’s naturally time for an OED update! In addition to revising and updating existing entries, lots of new words and phrases have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Have a look at some of our favourites below… Water baby, n. […]

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Did you know that James Murray… may not have been all that keen on the word ‘dictionary’?

2015 marks the centenary of the death of James Murray, the first Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Murray’s work as a lexicographer is well known, but there was a great deal more to him than lexicography. We are therefore marking the anniversary with an occasional series of articles highlighting other aspects of his life […]

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The Great British Bake-Off Conversation

This year, we’ve gone even more technical than a technical challenge for The Great British Bake Off. Editors at OxfordDictionaries.com have been analysing the positive and negative language used by the judges in each episode so far, and we’re going to use our results to try to make our own predictions about what will happen […]

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Video: what does ‘pwn’ mean?

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Did you know that James Murray… was a keen philatelist?

2015 marks the centenary of the death of James Murray, the first Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Murray’s work as a lexicographer is well known, but there was a great deal more to him than lexicography. We are therefore marking the anniversary with an occasional series of articles highlighting other aspects of his life […]

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Video: sidewalk spelling bee in New York City

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