Category: Word trends and new words

Vape infographic

Infographic: a closer look at the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2014 is vape. Our infographic below explains the history of vape and why we’ve chosen it for Word of the Year – as well as looking at previous winners of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year over the past decade. Click on the infographic below to see […]

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Man smoking E-cigarette

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is… vape

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to look back and see which words have been significant throughout the past twelve months, and to announce the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Without further ado, we can exclusively reveal that the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014 is…. vape Although there is a […]

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haggis

WordWatch roundup: catcall, haggis, and other trending words

With major leaps in the number of searches for the definitions of nosegay and haggis, the British television show Gogglebox demonstrates its cultural relevance. The Channel 4 show, which follows several families and groups of friends as they watch television shows at home over the course of a week, brought up both haggis and nosegays in the episode that aired on 31 October. […]

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election terminology

Which words did you look up this election season?

As the fervor surrounding the US midterms winds down and election fatigue settles in, we take one final look at the words that piqued your interest this week. The above chart shows the most popular terms related to elections, government, and politics on Oxforddictionaries.com 4 November (Election Day) and 5 November. The size of the […]

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compound nouns

Cupboards and bro hugs: investigating compound words

The new words update for August is out, and some of you might have noticed that a few of the new words look suspiciously like there are two of them (I’m looking at you, air punch, bro hug, and spit take). That’s because, in dictionary terms, a word is something that conveys a single unit of […]

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new words

Beyond the dictionary: the stories behind some of Oxford’s latest additions

cray The word cray, shortened for crazy, seems to have arisen in the early 2000s. It originally appeared in the reduplicated form cray cray, which appeared on Urban Dictionary as early as 2002. By the end of the decade, cray cray had been widely adopted in the language of the American blogosphere, as in this […]

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Oxford Dictionaries August update

Adorbs new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com – WDYT?

We don’t mean to humblebrag, but the August update to OxfordDictionaries.com is bare good and nailed on to interest and impress you. Throw an air punch or have a bro hug (don’t be cray and throw shade or show us the side-eye); be a baller and join the hyperconnected vocabulary fandom and read on to […]

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on the radar

On the radar: July 2014

Oxford’s lexicography team monitors many new English words which are still too new or rare to be included in our dictionaries. Here is a roundup of a few neologisms that have caught our eyes recently. oxt Lexicographers typically discover new words when we encounter them “in the wild”, used unselfconsciously by people who are confident […]

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