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As the year draws to a close, there is only one event on everyone’s minds here at Oxford Dictionaries HQ – and it ain’t Christmas. The announcement of our Word of the Year 2017 got us thinking about the highs and lows of the lexical year. Have you ever wondered which words are looked up […]more
Admittedly, quite a few words in 21st-century English did begin life as acronyms. Some you may know about (like scuba, short for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) and some you might not (like canola, short for Canadian oil, low acid), but, overwhelmingly, all of these words share two things in common: they came into existence in […]more
Which words do you really hate? It’s Bonfire Night in the United Kingdom on 5 November. This celebration’s origins may seem curious to the rest of the world – why do we celebrate the anniversary of an attempted regicide? – but it’s a good excuse for fireworks and bonfires. Traditionally an effigy of Guy Fawkes […]more
Hey bae, Oxford Dictionaries are adding some easy-breezy words and senses in this month’s update. Don’t be a concern troll or creeper, and step away from that kill switch; we think you can self-soothe with these mad exciting words which are anything but lamestream. Anyhoo, no harm, no foul, read on to discover more and […]more
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 […]more