California and the Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has worked with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library to look at words in the Oxford English Dictionary that have come from California.
From Valleyspeak to the language of the movies, the timeline highlights more than 150 terms which are first found in the Golden State from 1762 to the present day. You might not be surprised to find words relating to the fame of Hollywood and similar cultural factors, like dream factory, Hollywood ending, Valleyspeak, the Strip, Ethernet, bling. Glitz and glamour isn’t everything, though; we were also fascinated by the consistency of new references to the natural features found in California – flora & fauna, gems & minerals – from the early blue oak and mustang and mariposite to the poached egg flower and megamouth and rosenhahnite first referenced as recently as the 1960s-70s. The timeline is a great tool for helping decipher prune pickers’ Hollywoodese.
You can explore the timeline by clicking on the image below.
This timeline is part of a broader project throughout March 2016, ‘Hollywood is a Verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary’. Find out more at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles site.