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Oxford English Dictionary

  1. Margaret Atwood Protests Removal of Nature Words From Oxford Junior Dictionary

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like broadband?

    Since 2007, Oxford University Press has removed the names of at least 30 plants and animals from its Junior Dictionary in favor of modern words like "broadband" or "cut-and-paste"; and although these changes might reflect the inevitable evolution of the English language, Margaret Atwood is concerned that omitting the natural world from children's vocabularies will have dire consequences.

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  2. Oxford Dictionary Adds “Mansplain,” “Douchebag” and “Fandom”

    neckbeard, n.: (informal) growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming…

    Like it or lump it, the English language is constantly evolving to reflect the people that speak it--and unfortunately, those people needed a catch-all term for unsolicited male condescension. The Oxford Dictionary has released a list of new additions to their online edition, so congratulations, "mansplain," "douchebag," "fandom" and friends! You're officially in the big leagues now!

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  3. “Selfie” Officially Named Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year

    Back in the day we used to call 'em GPOYs. That day was only about eight months ago, though.

    The word just came down from Oxford Dictionaries -- the Word of the Year, that is! (See what we did there?) And if you like complaining about things, then you're in for a treat, because the word they've chosen is "selfie." Cue incessant whining about the downfall of modern society at the hands of our self-absorbed teenage population.

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  4. On the Heels of “Twerk”, Oxford English Dictionary Considers Several New Silly Words

    "Man, I wish 'phubbing' was a real word." WISH GRANTED. Maybe.

    In a recent interview with Wordability, Senior Editor at Oxford Dictionaries Fiona McPherson shed some light on words that are "on the radar" for possible future inclusion in the OED. While a serious discussion about the word "bacne" is kind of hilarious, every English teacher you've ever had just felt a great disturbance in the Force.

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  5. [Updated] Squee, srsly, Girl Crush, Derp Added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Also (Sigh) Twerk

    Elsewhere on the internet

    Four times a year the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford Dictionaries Online chooses new words to be allowed into its hallowed (digital) pages. In the past, those words have included geekery, hentai, tweet, sexting, dad dancing, and doh (as in Homer Simpson). This time around we get… twerking. Man, it's almost exactly like they timed this to the ongoing controversy over Miley Cyrus. Some new words that are now totally legit to use in formal essays (because if we can't trust the dictionary, whom can we trust?) are behind the cut, as are their brand spankin' new definitions. Oh, and also a video of Morgan Freeman explaining twerking. Update: We were incorrect in saying that the words are being added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It's actually the Oxford Dictionaries Online, which "focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words." Apologies.

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  6. “Twerk” Added to Oxford English Dictionary, We Don’t Like Their Definition

    The official definition for "twerk" seems flawed, so we've decided to help the OED.

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines "twerk" as a verb meaning to "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance." Geekosystem defines the inclusion of "twerk" in the OED as a stupid waste of time, but if you're going to do it, do it right. Let's fix that definition.

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  7. “Geekery” Has Been Added to the OED

    and let it be known

    The word "Geekery" has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, along with the words "Tweet" (the digital kind), "e-reader", and "dad dancing".

    Find out how these new entries break rules and redefine culture under the cut.

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  8. Oxford Dictionary Names “GIF” The American Word Of The Year – Here’s Some Now!

    For A More Civilized Age

    Well how do ya like them apples? The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen "GIF" as the American word of the year. England's word of the year? Omnishambles: a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations. I think we win. GIF, or graphics interchange format, may not be one of our favorite words but it's certainly one of our favorite things to use when there's nothing else to say and definitely one of our favorite things to reblog on tumblr. Without further ado, we present some of our favorite GIFs from around the web. And let me tell you, it was tough narrowing them down. (via Jezebel)

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  9. Oxford Dictionaries Names GIF 2012 Word of the Year, Celebration GIFs Abound

    It's time to celebrate, Internet denizens. We don't need anyone to legitimize our hobbies, but it's nice when the more traditional establishments make note of our various and sundry online endeavors. Today is one of those times. Oxford Dictionaries has just named GIF their 2012 Word of the Year. Not the image format, which turned 25 this year, but the verb. As in, to GIF, and GIFing. I'm not even kidding.

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  10. Retweet This: New Entries In the Oxford English Dictionary Include “Retweet,” “Sexting”

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    In its continued effort to stay relevant in the the ongoing journey of the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary has provided us with its annual "Addition of New Words That Will Make You Wonder If Language Itself Is Evolving or Becoming Increasingly Ridiculous." Usually, they are combinations of existing words that have permeated popular culture to such an extent that they need to be made "official" (for some reason), whether they deserve it or not.

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