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Folksonomy, a portmanteau word for ‘folk taxonomy’, is a term for collaborative tagging: the production of user-created ‘tags’ on social media that help readers to find and sort content. In other words, hashtags: #ThrowbackThursday, #DogLife, #MeToo. Because ordinary people create folksonomy tags, folksonomies include categories devised by small communities, subcultures, or even individuals, not merely […]more
On this week’s Word Watch, we to present you another theme for our notable and newsworthy lexemes. We’ll call it ‘(Not so) lost in translation’. Delicious We begin with an incident of international – and translational – proportions. Kicking off his state visit in Sydney, French President Emmanuel Macron said to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm […]more
As our colleague Katherine Connor Martin tweeted this week, the Oxford English Dictionary has updated dozens of entries relating to sex and gender, a ‘rapidly changing segment of the English lexicon’: In the latest @oed update, dozens of entries relating to sexual and gender identity were revised, the first phase of a project to revisit […]more
Casper Grathwohl, our President of Dictionaries, takes us on a personal tour of the Word of the Year selection process, and why he’s particularly hopeful about this year’s choice: Lexicographers have long understood that the words we surround ourselves with can offer an insightful perspective into the societies we live in, and the people we […]more
It’s the holidays for word lovers – Word of the Year season, that is, when everyone from columnists to dictionaries pick the words they think best capture the past year lexically and culturally. On this week’s Word Watch, we round up some of the Words of the Year announced so far from across the globe. […]more