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We present you another theme in this week’s Word Watch: language in conflict. Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? Is gammon racist or just an insult? If all this quarreling stresses you out, don’t worry, for we’ll bring everyone together in the end. Yanny or Laurel In case you haven’t heard by now, a viral […]more
Good or bad, there is no denying the influence social media has on many of our lives – a fact that has not escaped the notice of marketers around the world. This has seen the rise of a new type of marketing: the influencer. An influencer, in this specialized use, refers to ‘a person with […]more
The latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary includes more than 1,100 new entries, phrases, and senses from around the alphabet, including a selection of new entries relating to the language of modern parenting. Our Head of US Dictionaries, Katherine Connor Martin, takes a closer look at some of the highlights below. Mansplain Just a […]more
2017, perhaps more than any other year in recent history, has seen an uptick of accusations of oversensitivity from across the political spectrum. Famous men accused (and sometimes convicted) of sexual harassment complain that women are being ‘too sensitive’. Conservative activists accuse college students of being ‘special snowflakes’ who can’t tolerate opposing views. On the […]more
Please note: this blog post discusses language that some readers may find offensive. Setting up a dictionary corner at the Nine Worlds Geekfest, to collect new word suggestions and report on the progress of those suggested the previous year, has become an institution, and I was delighted to be there once more in 2017 (previous […]more
What is a ‘broflake’? You may have heard this term bandied around the blogosphere and, increasingly, the online news sites, but what does it mean and where did it come from? Let’s start at the very beginning… In much of the UK, snow is something of a unique phenomenon, but it is the single snowflake […]more
Politics provides fertile ground for the emergence of neologisms, and the appropriation of old words for new purposes. And while he’s only a few months into his four-year term, the presidency of Donald J Trump has already produced an eclectic bundle of language – and a great deal of controversy. So let’s explore some of […]more