Quadrocopter drone flying in the sky

Conscious uncoupling, smugshrug, and parcelcopter: blips on our radar in 2014

Yesterday the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was revealed to be vape, and we also explored the shortlist. Over the course of 2014, Oxford’s lexicographers identified dozens of newly coined or newly prominent words as potential Words of the Year. Last year’s decision of selfie was nearly unanimous, but such a clear choice is […]

Read more »

Video: why ‘vape’ was chosen for the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014

Read more »
'Vape' was Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014

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 »
Ice In A Bucket

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014: runners-up

Choosing the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a task that begins almost as soon as the previous year’s word is announced. In 2013 the choice was selfie, and as soon as 2014 began, Oxford Dictionaries staff started collecting words that might come to prominence throughout the year. Some words had moments in the sun and quickly […]

Read more »
'Vape' is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014 is ‘vape’

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to announce the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014. Without further ado, we can exclusively reveal that the word is…. vape Although there is a shortlist of strong contenders, as you’ll see below, it was vape that emerged victorious as Word of the Year. What does vape mean? […]

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. […]

Read more »

Video: acronyms and initialisms – what’s the difference?

Read more »
spices large

Salaries, dragons, and musk: rooting around in the spice rack

As the Bard said, “That time of year thou mayst in me behold” a pumpkin-spice latte–or beer, bubble gum, even burgers, such is the market. While we may have reached so-called “peak pumpkin” this year, the autumn season is indeed one of seasonings, of herbs and spices with the special power to evoke that cozy sense of home. From trade […]

Read more »

Tweets