Category: Word trends and new words

8 words that are younger than you think

8 words that are younger than you think

Having teased you several times with words that are older than you think, we thought we’d turn the tables and look at some that have a surprisingly brief history. Of course, older information may turn up to provide antedatings – but, as things stand, these words have entered the English language later than you might […]

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waterbomb OED update

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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scottish referendum

The Scottish independence referendum: one year on

This time last year, the British press (and, indeed, British conversation) was full of talk about the Scottish independence referendum. It took place on 18 September 2014, and was to determine whether or not Scotland should be an independent country – the alternative being remaining part of the United Kingdom. As discussion around the topic […]

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The word manspreading was popularized by the MTA, although they they never officially used it.

Manspreading: how New York City’s MTA popularized a word without actually saying it

New York City, home of Oxford Dictionaries’ New York offices, has made numerous contributions to the English lexicon through the years, as disparate as knickerbocker and hip hop. One of Gotham’s most recent impacts was the popularization of manspreading, defined in the latest update of Oxford Dictionaries as ‘the practice whereby a man, especially one […]

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nine worlds

Words from Nine Worlds – one year on

Oxford Dictionaries are always on the lookout for new language to consider for inclusion. Research is not restricted to printed material, but includes language used online (especially Usenet and Twitter) and by particular groups of speakers with specialist knowledge. In August 2014, while I was at the Nine Worlds convention, speaking about conlangs and generally enjoying […]

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New words from the wide world of pop culture

Pop culture has always been fertile territory for new words, ranging from television shows to 1980s films to Shakespeare. From Japanese manga to the world of professional wrestling, here are a few new words from the world of pop culture that have been added to OxfordDictionaries.com. MacGyver Although the television show MacGyver ended back in 1992, Angus […]

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Video: what is a ‘manic pixie dream girl’?

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Cat café for anyone? Cat in your coffee for sure.

‘Cat café’ and other words added to OxfordDictionaries.com

NBD, but are you ready to fangirl over our dictionary update? Abso-bloody-lutely. We’ve got some awesomesauce new words – no, rly – that will inform and entertain whether you’re hangry or it’s already wine o’clock. Mic drop. Mic drops, awesomesauce, manspreading, and more Let’s pick that mic up again and check out some of the […]

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