Thanks, Greta: ‘Climate Strike’ Is a Word of the Year

2019 is about to wrap, which means dictionaries are choosing their words of the year. For Collins Dictionary, “climate strike” took the prize. Read More >>

Merriam-Webster’s New Tool Tells You Which Words First Appeared in Print the Year You Were Born

In 2018, the Oxford English Dictionary added words like beerfest, jumbotron, modder, antifa, binge-watch, and nothingburger, reflecting the awful, awful times we live in. But have you ever wondered what words officially entered our lexicon the year you were born? Probably not, but it turns out Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool is a fascinating archive of when certain technologies, trends, or pop-culture references came to be. Read More >>

“Binge-watch” is 2015’s Word of the Year

A 200 per cent increase in the use of the term "binge-watch" to describe watching shit-loads of telly all the time has seen it declared Word of the Year, with dictionary maker Collins saying 2015 was the year the phrase went global as even your mum started using it to describe watching the Hollyoaks omnibus. Read More >>

Authors Rage at Oxford Dictionary for Modernising Kids’ Edition

Around 50 boring old words to do with trees and nature and stuff have been chopped from the latest Junior Edition of the Oxford Dictionary, with the resulting modern mess binning "catkin" to make way for "cut and paste" and losing "clover" so there's room for "broadband". Read More >>

I Really Want a Giant Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary and I Don’t Care

Does a 16kg dictionary count as a gadget? I don't know. I don't know. The Oxford English Dictionary is useless. It serves no practical purpose, is devoid of any remnant of meaningful utility, is obsolete, is a 19th century relic compiled over decades during which the whole of the Transcontinental Railroad was built and John Henry dropped dead, replaced by the steam engine, and an iPhone app. Yet doesn't 22,000 pages of words about words sound fun? Read More >>

Twitter Tweeting Added to Oxford English Dictionary as it “Seems to be Catching on”

The word "tweet" has been around for quite some time, as it historically refers to that whistling sound some birds do. However, the Oxford English Dictionary is now adding it as a noun and verb, describing it as meaning "to post (a message, item of information, etc.) on Twitter." Read More >>

Oxford English Dictionary Editor’s Secret Rampage to Remove Foreign Words

A former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary staged a bizarre secret battle on foreign words over many years, deleting thousands of them from OED supplements -- and blaming his predecessors for the linguistic vandalism. Read More >>

Picture Dictionary Replaces Definitions With the First Image Returned From a Google Search

It won't help you improve your vocabulary, but Ben West and Felix HeyesGoogle dictionary will keep you up to speed on internet fads and memes. That's because instead of definitions, the book's pages are populated with Google Image search results. Read More >>