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The Most Overrated Things About 2013

Mark Juddery | Posted 02.25.2014 | Comedy
Mark Juddery

I am joining in the fun, naming the 10 most overrated things of 2013. Not necessarily bad (though some of them can be awful) not stupid -- just overrated.

Selfie or Selfless?

Frank Islam | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Frank Islam

Our question is, in this year -- and the upcoming ones of this decade -- do we need to be more selfie or more selfless? Given the current trends and problems domestically and internationally, it seems to us that "selfless" should be the clear winner.

#AWKWARD #Selfie

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 11.20.2013 | Travel

Well if this ain't a sign of the times. Yesterday, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie their Word of the Year for 2013, defining it as "a photograph that...

New Tech-Inspired Words Enter The Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Technology

Hopefully these newly recognized words will make you squee! Throughout the year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds newly popular words to its line...

Will 'Marriage' Be Re-Defined In The Oxford English Dictionary?

Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices

With same-sex marriage victories continuing to take place around the world, the Oxford English Dictionary is reportedly considering how to appropriate...

Bizarre New Addition To Dictionary

Posted 02.27.2013 | Books

We'd expect to find "friend zone" in the Urban Dictionary, but in the official online dictionary made by a reference of all things lexicographical the...

Dictionary Apologizes For Tasteless 'Word Of The Day'

Posted 12.18.2012 | Books

Every day, the Oxford English Dictionary sends out a word of the day via email, then posts the word, and its definition, on the dictionary's blog. Thi...

Truth About 'Scandal' At The OED

Sarah Ogilvie | Posted 01.29.2013 | Books
Sarah Ogilvie

In the last couple of days, my book has caused quite a flurry of controversy -- or rather, a misrepresentation of it has. An article in the Guardian on Monday took six pages of the book and made a big story out of it, ignoring the other 235 pages.

The Professor and the Madman

Peter Clothier | Posted 10.22.2012 | Books
Peter Clothier

The madman, Dr. William Chester Minor, improbably, became one of the most important and prolific contributors to the laborious construction of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Oxford Dictionaries Online's New Food Word Additions

Posted 08.08.2012 | Food

If you needed more proof that recent years have seen food culture creep into public consciousness like never before, then just check out Mental Floss ...

Hilarious Old Words That Need A Comeback

thoughtcatalog.com | Marielle Wakim | Posted 07.16.2012 | College

By Marielle Wakim Thought Catalog The folks at Merriam-Webster and the Oxford English dictionary are largely considered the gatekeepers of the wor...

David Moye

Oxford Dictionary Removes 'Cassette Tape', Adds 'Sexting,' 'Retweet' And 'Mankini'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 10.22.2011 | Weird News

Sometimes it takes a drastic effort to correct a drastic mistake, but banning a dictionary from a museum? Hey, if that's what it takes, that's what...

'Sexting' Added To Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Cooper Smith | Posted 10.18.2011 | Technology

The words "retweet", "sexting", and "cyberbullying" have been added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. In celebrating its centenary anniver...

'Sexting' And Other New Additions To Oxford English Dictionary

Zoe Triska | Posted 10.18.2011 | Books

Back in March, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) made some interesting updates. According to The Huffington Post, not only did they add LOL and OMG,...

A Brief History Of The Word 'Sh*t-Faced'

Slate Magazine | Paul Collins | Posted 06.19.2011 | Books

Some years ago, Slate contributor Paul Collins became curious about the history of the word bonkers. After a letter to the editors of the Oxford Engli...

'La-La Land' Now The Dictionary Definition Of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.28.2011 | Books

The Oxford English Dictionary made some stellar updates on March 24, which are now online. For instance, "e-mail" is now "email." You can now, with re...

Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Food Words

Eater National | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

The Oxford English Dictionary announced today the addition of a bunch of news words — in addition to the initialisms of OMG and LOL — and many are...

LOL, OMG, ♥ Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The stalwart bastion of language, the Oxford English Dictionary, will now include ♥ and LOL as real words worthy of etymological recording. Other...

A Turning of the Seasons: The King Is Dead by The Decemberists

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Kirkpatrick

I'm not sure if this is The Decemberists' best album. But there's not a bad song in the bunch here, and it's clear The King Is Dead captures this Aughties folk-rock band hitting a groove.

Palin Exonerized by New Oxford American Dictionary

Chris Michael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Chris Michael

"Irregardless," the New Oxford American Dictionary said in a press release, "we have determinated that 'refudiated' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a generical sense of 'reject.'"

Official New Dictionary Words

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Around 2,000 new words, phrases, and meanings have been added to the dictionary of American English, including bromance -- defined as "a close but non...

BFF Makes the Oxford English Dictionary

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

The Oxford English Dictionary announced on its blog yesterday that the acronym "BFF" has been added as an official noun and lists its D.O.B as 1996. A little on the history of the word here.

Will The Oxford English Dictionary Never Be Printed Again?

Telegraph | Alastair Jamieson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The dictionary's owner, Oxford University Press (OUP), said the impact of the internet means OED3 will probably appear only in electronic form. ...

Internet May Phase Out Printed Oxford Dictionary

AP | SYLVIA HUI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

LONDON — It weighs in at more than 130 pounds, but the authoritative guide to the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, may eventuall...

Use a Word. Save a Word.

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bill Lichtenstein

Save the Words, a new web site from Oxford University Press, seeks to prevent the extinction of words that are endangered due to the their lack of use.