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As November comes to a close, so, too, does our Weekly Word Watch. Our final instalment brings our grand total of words watched to 279. These items have highlighted many trends in our contemporary language, including blending (catio, girther, Avocard); suffixing (bitshaming, Catalexit, woke-washing); acronyms (GMOAT, oomf, PRINO); the influence of technology (Animoji, checkout-free, textavism); […]more
Staring at the sun is, of course, something you should never do. It is also, coincidentally, the title of a novel by Julian Barnes, arguably the most famous novelist to have begun his literary career by writing entries for the Oxford English Dictionary. There is currently just one quotation from Staring at the Sun in […]more
When responding to the argument that extraterrestrial life cannot exist because humans have not found it yet, Neil deGrasse Tyson—the well-known American astrophysicist—retorted: “That’s like going to the ocean, taking a cup of water, scooping it up, and saying, ‘There are no whales in the ocean.’” It is clear we earthlings have a complicated relationship […]more