Oxford English Dictionary

Mums And Dads Are Being Invited To Add New Parenting Words To The Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents

Parents around the UK are being invited to contribute to the Oxford English Dictionary’s (OED) research into the language of parenting. Users of th...

Don't Tell Me 'Post-Truth' Politics Is Anything Other Than Lying

Helen Clifford | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Clifford

I learnt what a white lie was in a Sainsbury's car park when I was about seven. Someone asked my Mother whether she had any spare change. She apologis...

Brexiteer, Alt-Right, Hygge: What Do YOU Think The Word Of The Year Should Be?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK

“Post-truth” has been named as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year - but what about the other contenders? The winning word describes circumsta...

'Post-Truth' Has Been Chosen As Oxford Dictionaries' Word Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK

“Post-truth” has been named as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year after a spike in its use around the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s presid...

10 Tweets That Sum Up How Outdated (And Pretty Rude) The Term Essex Girl Is

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

How many Essex girls does it take to sign an online petition? More than 5,000 women have now given their support to a campaign that wants to get the ...

2015's Word Of The Year Isn't Even A Word

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK

Oxford📕💖word is😂, many👩are😡, some are😀, be most think it's💩. In an age where people are limited to 140 characters and reply to...

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.

The Oxford English Dictionary (If David Cameron Had His Way With It)

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Comedy

The Oxford English Dictionary has decided to add a host of new words and changed some existing definitions in light of recent political and societal f...

'Twerk' Dances Into The Oxford English Dictionary - But Its Been Around For Longer Than You Think

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK

"Twerk", the word describing the dance craze ignited by Miley Cyrus, can be traced back to as early as 1820, according to the Oxford English Dictionar...

Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: Crystal Explains

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

I may as well be a biased reviewer of David Crystal's books given that Words in Time and Place is the 30th book by the author to find a place on my sp...

C**ted Added to the Oxford English Dictionary: Do You Use the C Word?

Ellen Stewart | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Stewart

Since 2000 the OED has been updated quarterly in order to offer an authoritative, up-to-date catalogue of the evolving modern language. But what exactly does it say about Generation Y when the most recent additions to the word glossary are adjectives like c**ted, c**ting, c**tish and c**ty?

An Oxford Companion to Valentine's Day

Daniel Parker | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Parker

It's a question as old as time: do you eat out for Valentine's Day or brave the kitchen yourself in a foolhardy attempt to impress your partner? On the one hand, if you dine out, you won't burn your kitchen down, desperately scraping ashen steak chops off the oven walls as your love weeps into her napkin.

Selfie-Obsessed - How to Avoid the Festive Season Blues

Stephanie Goward | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Stephanie Goward

Instead of screaming bloody murder at your screen, maybe you should feel sorry for the gloaters. While you bask under the florescent lighting of your office, dreaming of greener grass, your travelling online-associates are raining on their own parade. They are wasting their time in #paradise by making sure that you at home know all about it.

Twerk, v: Dance To Popular Music In A Sexually Provocative Manner

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

It made headline news across the world, and caused a storm on Twitter, but now twerking is assured of its place in history. The raunchy dance perfo...

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.

Wimbledon, Shakespeare, And Strawberries

Daniel Parker | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Sport
Daniel Parker

It's time to dust off your racket and wrestle the tennis balls from your dog's mouth. Wimbledon 2013 is upon us! Wimbledon is now as much a feature of the British summer as barbecues, Henley Royal Regatta, and summer rain.

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...

'Is That Tweetable On Your Dumbphone?'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK

A medley of new words have been added to the online Oxford Dictionary, with braggadocious advances in technology boosting our burgeoning lexicon. ...

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage - Still Topical

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 07.04.2013 | Home
Annie Martirosyan

The Dictionary on the whole speaks about the extraordinary skill and expertise of Fowler as a lexicographer and linguist. A thing about the Dictionary that endears most perhaps is the author's genuine enthusiasm.