December 2015 update
Around 500 new words, phrases, and senses have entered the Oxford English Dictionary this quarter, including phablet, waybread, and bank of mom and dad. You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings in this article by Jonathan Dent, Assistant Editor of the OED.
This update also sees three major new features added to the OED: audio pronunciations, word frequency markings, and short etymological summaries. Chief Editor of the OED, Michael Proffitt, introduces the exciting new features here. Our release notes this December take a closer look at these additions: Catherine Sangster, Head of Pronunciations, explains the audio pronunciations added this quarter; Philip Durkin, Deputy Chief Editor, explores the etymological summaries added to entries.
See a full list of the new words, subentries, senses, and phrases 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.
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