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Merriam-Webster Changes Outdated 'Femininity' Definition After Writer Calls Them Out

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Dictionary Merriam-Webster has been forced to change its definition of ‘femininity’ after a writer shared her disapproval of it on Twitter. The d...

The 2016 Dictionary of Modern Parenting

Kirsty Smith | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kirsty Smith

Modern parenting can be confusing. As a mother, I just want to know how many times a week I can feed a three year old biscuits for breakfast and still not blush whenever I say 'We don't really eat sugary snacks in our house'.

Historical Thesaurus and Language Learning: The Possibilities

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

Etymology and words are not merely a lexicologist's care but can become a healthy passion for everyone. The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is one of those treasure books that give you wings. It is a compulsory volume in every home.

Wine O'Clock, Bants And Other New Words Added To Oxford Dictionaries

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Oxford Dictionaries has added a selection of new words to its repertoire including manspreading, cat cafe and bants. In its quarterly update, Oxfor...

A Dictionary You Want to Read From Cover to Cover

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

If I were to choose one word to describe the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, it would be - beautiful. This is one of the most beautiful boo...

Festival Language Study Unveiled: Do You Know Your "Grampers" From Your "Vamping"?

Paul Drury | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

After last weekend's Bestival, the UK's festival's season starts to draw to a close. It's been an amazing summer of tunes, good times and memories we'll never forget. But what have we learned? Well, young people have a special way of speaking at festivals for one thing. In fact, the festival circuit has developed a language all of its own..

Allez Les Hashtags! 'Hashtag' Enters the French Dictionary

Verity Stockdale | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Tech
Verity Stockdale

The humble hashtag has really taken centre stage as of late. It never ceases to amaze me how something so simple can cause such a stir, but over the last week or two in particular, the hashtag has really been making its mark in ways that only the hashtag knows how.

Ex-Ukip Donor Writes Bizarre Ad About Homosexuality And Religion

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

A major ex-Ukip donor, famed for his views on the obscenity of women's trousers, has taken out an expensive national newspaper advert attacking a fema...

Transphobia Is in the Dictionary

Claudia White | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia White

I could not be more proud of each and every person who signed my petition and made this possible. The first step in tackling a problem is identifying it, and that is what this petition is about: We have officially defined and identified transphobia. It's not about accepting that transphobia takes place, but about identifying that there is a problem and tackling it.

Causing A Sh*tstorm

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK

The English word 'shitstorm' has entered the German equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary. The use of the expletive in the European country i...

Redefining 'Pimp'

Julian Vigo | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Vigo

Danielle tells me how she came to organise a campaign against the Merriam-Webster dictionary's definition of the word 'pimp': 'I am a survivor of se...

Rejoice, Twitter Grammar Pedants!

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Tech

You can now Tweet in safety, grammar pedants: the word has been officially entered into the Oxford English Dictionary for its social media implication...

Guess What Made The 'Words Of 2012' List...

PA | Posted 20.02.2013 | Home

A dictionary publisher has named "Gangnam Style", "fiscal cliff" and "mummy porn" among its words of the year for 2012. CollinsDictionary.com selec...

Lolz These New Dictionary Entries Are Totally Ridic

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK

Lolz, listen up tweeps, here’s a hat tip to my OH, you have to check out this photobombing micro pig, it’s totally ridic! Mwahahaha! Still wit...

Ping and Ting: The Journey of English

Robert Williams | Posted 23.10.2012 | Home
Robert Williams

These words, describing the events that shape our lives, enrich our vocabulary and add to the historical lexicon of our language. For English evolves; it always has and often in unexpected ways.

Lolz These New Dictionary Entries Are Totally Ridic

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Lolz, listen up tweeps, here’s a hat tip to my OH, you have to check out this photobombing micro pig, it’s totally ridic! Mwahahaha! Still wit...

'Omnishambles'? 'Amazeballs'? What Word Would You Add To The Dictionary?

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 16.09.2012 | Home

Anyone will be able to suggest new words for a mainstream dictionary for the first time this week. Publishers Collins said opening the normally clo...

Are You A Mumpreneur? 70 New Words Added To Dictionary

PA | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK

Arab Spring and mumpreneur are among the new words which have entered the latest edition of a major dictionary. Around 70 fresh terms...

Glump, Snudg and Wagger Paggers: Dictionary Saves Old Words

Posted 25.10.2011 | UK

Glump, snudg, wagger paggers and giglet: just four of the words included in the latest edition of The Chambers Dictionary. But what do they mean? T...