What’s new

March 2017 update

More than 500 new words, phrases, and senses have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary this quarter, including hate-watchpogonophobiasticky-outyand things aren’t what they used to be. You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings in this article by Katherine Connor Martin, Head of US Dictionaries.

2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, and  our March update includes Canada and Canadian, as well as a host of people, animals, and plants native to Canada. Ellie Stedall, Senior Assistant Editor of the OED, has taken a closer look at some of these additions in our release notes.

See a full list of new words, subentries, and senses added in this update.

The OED Appeals

The OED Appeals is a major new online initiative involving the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. The website enables the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.

Find out more about the OED Appeals
Video: An introduction to the OED Appeals
Read a history of the OED’s Appeals to the public

Articles on OED Online

Windows on to words: dive into the OED!
Shapers of English: Tania Styles looks at place names in the OED.
English in time: Eleanor Maier explores how the ‘buster’ suffix has become ubiquitous.
English in use: Penny Silva writes about South African English.
More English in use: Richard Shapiro examines whether Indian cardinal numbers are the most distinctive counting system in English.
Word stories: Denny Hilton on The ‘auto-’ age.
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Videos

Video shorts: a series of videos now live examines how the OED is produced behind the scenes: