What’s new

June 2016 update

The June 2016 update sees the inclusion of over 1,000 new words and senses in the Oxford English Dictionary, along with the revision or expansion of almost 2,000 entries. Additions this June include glampstarchitectstarter marriage, and ROFL.

You can read more about the new words and meanings added to the Dictionary in an article by Jonathan Dent, from acronyms and initialisms to foodstuffs and modern conveniences (and inconveniences). Our Chief Editor, Michael Proffitt, has written an introduction to the exciting functional changes to the dictionary.

Long knife is an expression with a rich and varied past: it’s been in the OED since the first Supplement of 1933, but a revision this June sees the full history of long knife explored, as our Deputy Chief Editor Edmund Weiner explains in his article. Turning to the functional side of the online dictionary, you can learn more about new features: word frequency in search results and links to full passages from which our example quotations are taken. You can also find out more about the addition of written and spoken pronunciations for several varieties of World English.

See a full list of the 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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