Category: Word trends and new words

diplodocus

WordWatch roundup: comprise, blonde, diplodocus, and horror vacui

This series investigates changes in lookups for words and their meanings across OxfordDictionaries.com. The graphs are based on website data collected over a four-week period, and the accompanying commentary explores how news and other current events have influenced these word trends and sudden peaks in interest. comprise, verb > blonde, adjective < > diplodocus, noun […]

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Republic Day of India

WordWatch roundup: cwtch, republic, colored, and more

This series investigates changes in lookups for words and their meanings across OxfordDictionaries.com. The graphs are based on website data collected over a four-week period, and the accompanying commentary explores how news and other current events have influenced these word trends and sudden peaks in interest. cwtch, noun > republic, verb < > colored, noun, […]

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Two gunmen attack the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January.

WordWatch roundup: satire, unthaw, and more

The biggest news story of 2015 thus far has been the 7 January terrorist attack in Paris, France on the offices of satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Two gunmen – later identified as brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi…

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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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Putin - oligarch

WordWatch roundup: redaction, siege, and tiki-taka

The reason for the rise in lookups of oligarch is probably the struggling Russian economy. The value of the ruble, the currency of Russia, has taken a steep dive, falling about 45% against the dollar so far this year, pushing the country deeper into a financial crisis.

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downing street - pleb

WordWatch roundup: pleb, indict, Thanksgiving trends, and more

One of the most-discussed news stories in the US during 2014 has been the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August 2014. The shooting immediately became a key issue in the national discussion on issues of race and inequality. On 24 November 2014, the county grand jury decided not to indict Wilson for the shooting, sparking a wave of protests and civil unrest across the country.

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rubber duck large

Duck face, lolcat, and permadeath: new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com

Try not to be jel, but some xlnt new words have gone into OxfordDictionaries.com in December’s mahoosive update. Whether you’re a shiny bum reading this while eating al desko or taking a break while you respawn, don’t be a keyboard warrior or say IDC – just sit back and enjoy the new words. Simples. Slang […]

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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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