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A few years ago, it looked like the adverb bigly was sliding inexorably toward obsolescence. It had been used in English since around 1400, but after 600 years its use had dwindled, so that when the historical Oxford English Dictionary revised its entry in 2008 the word was described as ‘now rare’. Oxford’s dictionaries of […]more
Put down your fidget spinner, turn away from the popcorn movie, and switch off airplane mode, because we’ve updated Oxford Dictionaries. Take some time off from creating a face swap of you and your puggle. Don’t worry: we’ll try to be breviloquent, though feel free to give your deep dive in the comments. Fidget spinner From faithless […]more
The 2016 US presidential election may not be a particularly edifying spectacle from the perspective of civics, but as a driver of lexical innovation it has been exceptionally rich. The discourse around the campaign has produced or popularized many new words and usages not hitherto included in Oxford Dictionaries. These words are now on our […]more