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The Making of the OED

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The Oxford English Dictionary, the first comprehensive catalog of the English language, took seventy years to compile. Volunteers aided the project, and one of the biggest contributors happened to be a murderer who lived in an insane asylum: Through the years, the OED’s editor had enlisted hundreds of volunteers around the English-speaking world, and probably […]

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The Year of Vaping

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The Oxford Dictionaries “Word of the Year” has been announced, and young people around the world will be called upon to explain the word “vape”—and its significance as part of cultural shifts surrounding marijuana and tobacco—to their older relatives in the coming days. The dictionary folks acknowledge that folks have been “vaping” since the early […]

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The Plight of the Anglocentric Dictionary

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Beware–your Oxford English Dictionary is missing thousands of words! It has been revealed that former OED editor, the late Robert Burchfield secretly deleted thousands of words that he deemed too “foreign” and placed the blame on other editors. Allison Flood at The Guardian dispels the rumors. “Examples of Burchfield’s deleted words include balisaur, an Indian […]

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This Is Why the UK Always Seems So Much Smarter Than the US

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The Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year is “omnishambles,” while the Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year is…”GIF.” We can’t even agree on how to pronounce GIF! The British runners-up underscore our cultural differences as well; “mummy porn,” for example, sounds a little stranger to the Yankee ear than it probably did to […]

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Tweetin, Not Twitchin

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What’s in a name? For companies like twitter, a lot of potential profits and some OED support. These are the reasons we’re not jittering or twitching, which were both potential candidates for the company’s name. You can follow the trajectory of how twitter’s title came to be here.

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