Here at Oxford Dictionaries we want words and their definitions to be available to all. Our new campaign, designed with English learners in mind, aims to make our English dictionary entry pages even more accessible.
While comprehensive and precise, some definitions can make everyday words seem harder to grasp, rather than easier, especially for those who are learning English.
Take ‘cloud’, for example. Oxford Dictionaries’ primary definition of ‘cloud’ reads: ‘a visible mass of condensed watery vapour floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the general level of the ground’.
Chances are, for an English learner, this more technical definition could serve to further cloud the issue.
‘Guess the Word’ aims to make those familiar words with unfamiliar definitions more easily understood by all.
Each week, a new video will illustrate the meaning and usage of one of these useful, commonplace words. Lexicographer extraordinaire Susie Dent will guide you through each definition – there might well be more than one!
The videos, such as the one below, will feature at the top of each word’s respective Oxford Dictionaries entry page, supplementing its written definition.
Can you ‘Guess the Word’?
Think you can guess the word without Susie’s aid? Head over to our Facebook and Twitter profiles, where we’ll be posting these videos without the explanatory voiceover. See if you can guess which word the scenario describes – and look out for those homonyms!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a visible mass of condensed watery vapour? Don’t wonder lonely as a cloud – share your guesses with us using the #GuessTheWord hashtag.
Once you think you’ve got it sussed, either search our dictionary for your guess, or watch out for the big reveal on social media. Happy guessing!