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New Words Added the The Oxford Dictionary Online

The folks at Oxford have added some new, modern words. Not to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) itself, but to the Oxford Dictionary Online, which is what most of us use, anyway. Let’s set the scene. Your OH has decided it’s date night, and althoughhe isn’t exactly ripped he has great emotional intelligence and madean effort [...]

35 Modern Words Recently Added to the Dictionary

Getty Images The Oxford English Dictionary is a warehouse of over 600,000 words. Despite this large arsenal, we continue to coin, clip, and blend new words into existence, and the OED folks pump some of these new words into their dictionary. Here are some more recent additions with their official definitions. 1. Bling (n): Expensive, ostentatious [...]

Woot! OED Added New Tech Words

Last week, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED to you logophiles) added a new entries into its venerable dictionary. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of some of the new entries: Retweet verb: (on a social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user) Sexting noun: the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile [...]

At the Libraries: 50 Books Every Child Should Read

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! We saw a lot of great libraries a few weeks ago, but the Open Air Library in Germany is truly something special. * Remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? [...]

OMG and LOL Added to the OED

OMG! We can’t accuse our BFF Oxford English Dictionary with being behind the times anymore. The OED has finally managed to get with the program (LOL!): For the March 2011 release of OED Online, we have selected for publication a number of noteworthy initialisms—abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression. Some of [...]

Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Eggnog

There’s a good chance you’ll either drink too much eggnog this holiday season or have the bad luck of spending time around someone who has. Let’s take a look at the background of this December staple. Eggnog can trace its roots back as far as the 14th century, when medieval Englishmen enjoyed a hot cocktail known [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Surprisingly Interesting Facts About your Computer Mouse

With the rate touch screen technology is advancing, it probably won’t be long before using a keyboard and mouse is the computer equivalent of keeping an 8-track player in your car. Since today is the anniversary of the day the mouse was invented, however, we’ll celebrate while we can. 1. That’s the first mouse pictured there [...]

Dietribes: Ready to Chowder Down?

• According to the Oxford English Dictionary: Chowder comes from the French, chaudiere, meaning pot. “In the fishing villages of Brittany faire la chaudière means to supply a cauldron in which is cooked a mess of fish and biscuit with some savory condiments, a hodgepodge contributed by the fishermen themselves, each of whom in return [...]

Save the words: a campaign to keep endangered words from going extinct

There are around 60,000 words in the English language, but today almost everything we say and write is communicated using only about 7,000 of them. Every year, hundreds of underused and forgotten words are dropped from the dictionary. Once hard-working and meaningful words are dying a death of lonely neglect just because we choose to [...]

10 Fake Simpsons Words That Belong in the Dictionary

In 2001, the Homer Simpson expression “Doh!” was entered into The Oxford English Dictionary. Jeff Wysaski of guyism proposes that ten invented words from The Simpsons should be likewise formally incorporated into the English language. Example: Embiggen: To make bigger or grow in size; a perfectly cromulent word This graceful word can be attributed to town founder [...]