The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced on their blog that "sonic screwdriver" will be added to the OED as part of the June update.Read More
Over Twitter earlier today, the Oxford English Dictionary announced that Scooby Snacks are finally where they belong: in the dictionary. The definition shows that the OED recognizes Scooby Snack as both the actual dog treats enjoyed by Scooby, and the large, multi-tiered sandwiches devoured by Scooby, Shaggy, and others under the influence of "drinking, smoking, or drug use."Read More
Last week, the Oxford Dictionaries twitter account made a pretty dismissive joke about feminism when anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan expressed concerns over the usage example "rabid feminist" in the Oxford Dictionary of English's entry for "rabid."Read More
Anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan has been tweeting screenshots of usage examples from the Oxford Dictionary of English that he feels perpetuate sexist biases.Read More
Oxford Dictionaries made history on Monday by announcing that the word which they believe best personifies the collective experience of English-speakers in 2015 was not a word at all. Instead, "Face With Tears of Joy" emoji has been selected as the word of the year. Behold it above, in all its terrifying glory.Read More
Hey, Oxford buddy... you okay?
Hey, Oxford. Glad you could make it. But I'm sorry, I invited you here under false pretenses. This isn't a cat cafe, as I'm sure you've figured out. But I want to talk about those words you just added today.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
"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.Read More
Elsewhere on the internet
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.Read More
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.Read More
For A More Civilized Age
Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow
The Oxford Dictionaries Online have debuted a list of new words that now merit official definition. Following the recent trend in additions to the dictionary many of the words on the new list have their roots in technology or social media. Among the newly included is ZOMG: meaning "oh my God, especially on electronic message boards as a sarcastic comment on an inexperienced or overenthusiastic poster."Other additions to the dictionary that are well known to internet users include: infographic, cyber monday, lifehack, network neutrality, overshare, paperless, social graph, twittersphere, permalink, and unfollow. But for those who are newbs to these words, grab your lappy and head over to the Oxford Dictionaries Online where you can read the full list. (Oxford Dictionaries via Mashable) Read More
Things We Saw Today
In a move that will surely be heralded by at least someone as a sign of the decline of modern civilization and/or the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has added the graphic symbol for a heart. Now, should we write that as "<3" or "♥"? The entry in the OED, which is about as close to a complete authority on the English language as you can get, lists the word with "heart" as a verb meaning "to love." Of course, "<3" is not the only modern term being added to the venerable OED. The Daily Mail reports that such entries include:
wags (as in 'wives and girlfriends') and muffin top ('a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers'. [...] 'tinfoil hat' – a reference to a type of headwear believed by some to protect the wearer from mind control or surveillance – and 'scrunchy', an adjective describing a wrinkled appearance.This is still the first time that a purely graphic symbol has been added to the OED. (The Daily Mail via The Village Voice) Read More