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Oxford English Dictionary Quietly Adds Tamil Slang 'Aiyo'

'The OED has admitted a rare word of power into its pages'

(Newser) - In the latest quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, there was great rejoicing when, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, words such as "splendiferous" and "human bean" joined the great heap of our language's modern lexicon. More quietly, the Tamil slang... More »

Here Are the Latest Additions to Oxford English Dictionary

'Yolo' made the cut

(Newser) - The latest slang to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary: "yolo," which, as all the youngsters know, stands for "you only live once." The new crop of more than 1,000 words and terms added to the OED also includes "gender-fluid," "yogalates"... More »

This 'Word of the Year' Is Actually a Suffix

Merriam-Webster gives 'ism' the honor for 2015

(Newser) - First Oxford Dictionaries went with an emoji . Now Merriam-Webster has named its "word of the year," and it isn't a word at all. "Ism" was given the honor after words like socialism, fascism, racism, feminism, communism, capitalism, and terrorism saw high traffic on the dictionary's... More »

Dictionary Names Its Word of the Year


(Newser) - Collins Dictionaries is out with its top 10 words of the year—and its accompanying definitions are pretty amusing. Here's a sampling, with "binge-watch" taking the No. 1 spot:
  • Binge-watch: "To watch a large number of television programs (especially all the shows from one series) in succession"
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At Oxford Dictionary, It's Now 'Wine O'Clock'

'Manspreading,' 'butt-dial' also new additions to Oxford's online dictionary

(Newser) - Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word. The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transportation who splay their legs wide and encroach on neighboring seats—and it's now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com . The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers... More »

8 of the Newest Words in Merriam-Webster

Dictionary updates with 1.7K new entries, including 'WTF' and 'vocal fry'

(Newser) - Scrabble updated its dictionary last week, and now it's Merriam-Webster's turn. The dictionary has added 1,700 new entries, and many revolve around our online world, notes Time . Here are eight examples, along with the official definitions from M-W :
  • WTF: "what the f---, used especially to express
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'Duck Face,' 'Hawt,' 'Lolcat' Make It Into Dictionary

Oxford added 1K new terms to online dictionary? Cool beans!

(Newser) - If you're a shiny bum taking a meal break and eating a mahoosively xlnt meatball sub al desko right about now, then you might also have a few minutes to scroll through the 1,000 or so new terms that OxfordDictionaries.com has added to its massive collection. Editors... More »

Oxford's Word of 2014: Vape

'Budtender,' 'slacktivism' also on the shortlist

(Newser) - Oxford Dictionaries says it tries to reflect what's happening in society with its word of the year, and this seems to have been a smoke-heavy year: "Vape"—"to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device"—was this year's... More »

Now in Oxford Dictionaries: 'Amazeballs,' 'YOLO,' 'Cray'

Oxford Dictionaries, which focuses on current English, adds words this week

(Newser) - Bro, ICYMI, you should totally live-tweet this hyperconnected hot mess of a listicle. It's cray amazeballs. It's so adorbs I want to do an air punch. Don't have any idea what any of this means? Check out the latest edition of Oxford Dictionaries, which—unlike its more... More »

'Yoopers,' 'Freegan' Added to Dictionary

Merriam-Webster gives nod to Upper Michiganders

(Newser) - Da "Yoopers" up dere in da U. P., Michigan's Upper Peninsula, have hit it big with inclusion of their nickname in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. The moniker for native or longtime residents of the Lake Superior region known for a distinctive manner of speaking and its Scandinavian roots... More »

Thanks, Miley: 'Twerking' Now in Dictionary

Derp, derp, derp, vom.

(Newser) - It seems Miley Cyrus is dominating our conversations in more ways than one. Among words added this quarter to the Oxford Dictionaries Online is "twerking" —the ass-shaking dance move that had everyone talking about Miley after this week's MTV VMAs . Though the word has been around for... More »

Word for French Kiss Finally Enters French Lexicon

But 'galocher' isn't in the official dictionary yet

(Newser) - The most popular word of the day seems to be "galocher." As multiple stories are happily pointing out—like these at Global Post and the Huffington Post —it is a new French word that means "to kiss with tongues." Yes, it seems that France has... More »

2012 Words of the Year: 'Capitalism,' 'Socialism'

Merriam-Webster also cites bigot, meme, and malarkey

(Newser) - The logophiles behind Merriam-Webster have released their list of the most looked-up words of 2012, and at the top is an odd couple: "socialism" and "capitalism." It's the first time two words have shared the title, but the decision was a "no-brainer," because they... More »

Oxford Dictionary's Word of 2012: GIF

File format beats 'YOLO,' 'superstorm'

(Newser) - The GIF file type for simple animations has been around since the '80s but only now has the Oxford Dictionary decided to make it its American word of the year. GIF—which stands for "graphic interchange format"—"celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as... More »

Australia PM's Speech Prompts Dictionary Update

Definition of 'misogyny' is expanded after Gillard's rant

(Newser) - Sign of a speech that makes an impact: The dictionary takes notice. Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard's takedown of a political opponent she accused of sexism and misogyny not only went viral, it's forcing a change to the nation's Macquarie Dictionary, reports the BBC . In the next... More »

F-Bomb Makes It Into Dictionary

Sexting, flexitarian also among Merriam-Webster newbies

(Newser) - F-bomb and sexting are real words now, at least in the eyes of the editors at Merriam-Webster. The terms are among 100 or so additions in the 114-year-old dictionary's annual update, along with man cave, energy drink, shovel-ready, game changer, and "flexitarian," which refers to a mostly-vegetarian... More »

Atlantic Unveils Dictionary of Most Hated Words

Arguably, moist, and webinar make the dreaded list

(Newser) - Basically, there's an awesome online dictionary that's interesting and supposably whimsical—and if those italicized words are driving you crazy, you'll like the Atlantic 's dictionary of "despicable words." The magazine bases it on emails from readers who are simply seething over our use... More »

'Mankini,' Other Fun Words Added to OED

It's official: 'Jeggings' is a word

(Newser) - Language purists, avert your eyes: The Oxford English Dictionary has added some new words. Here they are, along with the Daily Mirror 's helpful definitions:
  • Mankini: "The revealing male bathing costume made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen in his Borat film."
  • Retweet: "Sharing a Twitter message.
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Supreme Court's New Go-To Tool: the Dictionary

Justices citing definitions more and more in decisions

(Newser) - John Roberts may be the chief justice of the United States, but he recently pulled out a dictionary to learn the meaning of “of” for a ruling. Justices are looking more and more to dictionaries to help them settle cases—a trend that worries both legal experts and dictionary... More »

Scrabble Dictionary Adds 'Thang,' 'Grrl'

But apparently not for US players

(Newser) - Kinda cool: You can now use Indian words like "aloo" and "gobi" in Scrabble. Not so cool: You can also use slang words like "thang," "innit," and (cringe) "grrl." All of the above have been added to Collins Official Scrabble Words, a... More »

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