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One of the main goals in the lead up to the centenary of OED’s first edition in 2028 is widening the geographical coverage of the dictionary. This is in recognition…Find out more
Each year Oxford Languages offers summer placement positions, for two candidates to work on various lexical projects within the department. Our interns from 2021 reflect on their experiences: What made…Find out more
Function words are the words that enable language to operate, rather like the gears in a machine. Typically they don’t have a referential meaning of their own but connect together…Find out more
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Painting the Forth Bridge is a saying that often comes to mind when discussing the task of updating the OED. The phrase refers to the massive railway bridge across the…Find out more
Semantic transfer and the OED: investigating metonymization Thu, 26/05/2022 · 4:00 PM London (GMT 1:00) Lauren Simon, holder of an MSt in Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, will describe the methodology and…Find out more
One of the words added to the OED this update is plámás, used in Irish English to mean ‘flattery; insincere or exaggerated praise, esp. when used to cajole or persuade’…Find out more
This update contains nearly 700 words, senses, and phrases which have been researched, defined, and included in OED for the first time, from absolute threshold to ydraw. Absolute threshold, the…Find out more
Most of the OED’s quarterly updates in recent years have featured the results of our ongoing work on broadening the dictionary’s coverage of world varieties of English and tracing the…Find out more