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Katherine Connor Martin, Head of US Dictionaries, takes a closer look at some of the new additions in this quarter’s update to the OED. The latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary includes more than 1,200 new words, phrases, and senses from around the alphabet. Some highlights of the new additions are discussed below. A […]more
In May 2014, this blog briefly noted the rise of a new usage of the word thing to mean ‘generally known phenomenon’. This usage has been remarkably popular in recent years. Comedians, always alert to niceties of language, have called attention to the word’s new connotation. Recently, John Oliver introduced a new segment, titled ‘How […]more