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Iberian independence, political punching bags, and deep-fried decadence? It’s time for another Weekly Word Watch. Here are the terms that topped our lexical timelines this week: Catalexit Nearly 90% of those who cast a ballot voted in favour of Catalonia’s independence from Spain this past Sunday, which saw state police violence at polling stations across the region. Now, […]more
Every year thousands of young people from across the UK pick up their pens to enter BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words story competition. For the past six years, the Oxford Dictionaries for Children team has collected and analysed all of the words used by young writers in the competition and our Children’s Word of the […]more
The world of politics is a fruitful area for new words, as linguistic innovation is pressed to keep up with regular changes in society, policy, and personnel. In the Oxford English Dictionary’s last update, in September, we added Westminster bubble, slacktivism, and more, and we can be sure that political words and phrases like these […]more
Which words are our lexicographers looking carefully at right now? Well, all and any of them, of course – but there are some interesting words which are hovering on the peripheries of dictionary inclusion that we wanted to draw your attention to. Words aren’t included in Oxford Dictionaries until enough evidence of their sustained use […]more
The trending look-ups on OxfordDictionaries.com are often a good way to have a quick snapshot of the national and international topics of the day. These can be quite niche (we often see words turn up in UK trends that have featured on TV the night before; monkey parade and nosegay have both trended after being […]more
In addition to the Word of the Year itself, Oxford Dictionaries staff have put together a shortlist of notable words that have gained linguistic currency during 2015. These range across a variety of subjects, from global politics and current affairs, to technology and popular culture. Here is a closer look at those words, in alphabetical […]more