Category: Word trends and new words

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…

See More »
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 […]

Read more »
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.

See More »
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.

Read more »
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 […]

Read more »
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 […]

Read more »
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 […]

Read more »
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. […]

See More »

Tweets