December 2013 update
The December update to the OED includes over 500 new words, phrases, and senses, as well as more than a thousand newly revised entries. Our selections are based on frequency – in general English usage, or of searches by users of OED Online – so the batches of words in quarterly releases are typically diverse.
You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings, including emoji, nappy valley, and sillytonian, in this article by Katherine Martin.
Or take a look at the release notes for this quarter where Graeme Diamond, Principal Editor, narrates the twists in the tale of fairy, and Edmund Weiner, deputy Chief Editor of the OED, writes elegantly about the history of beauty.
See a full list of the new words, sub-entries, and senses added in this update.
The OED publishes four updates a year. The next update will be added to the dictionary in March 2014.
4 October 2012: 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.
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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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