What’s new

March 2016 update

The March 2016 update to the Oxford English Dictionary sees the inclusion of more than 500 new words, phrases, and senses, including vlogbro-hug, and Dad’s Army. You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings in this article by Jonathan Dent, Senior Assistant Editor of the OED.

Associate Editor Eleanor Maier has written our release notes for this quarter, which take a closer look at the exciting history of the noun luck.

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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Videos

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