Recent OED updates have included a significant number of new entries from South Africa and Nigeria. In this quarterly update, the OED continues to broaden its coverage of words from…Find out more
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From Pythagoreans to soysages: words relating to vegetarianism and veganism in the Historical Thesaurus of the OED
As we were updating the entries soy and soya this quarter, we took the opportunity to review our coverage of words for vegetarian and vegan foods and diets in the…Find out more
A verdict of ignoramus The word ignoramus is today most familiar to us as a way to describe a stupid or ignorant person; however, the word has its origins in…Find out more
The latest update to the OED includes over 700 new entries and senses. These range alphabetically from the East African ahoi (a person or body of people given the right…Find out more
Press Release: Announcing the launch of a research project to create the Oxford Dictionary of African American English
A cornerstone of new research into African American language, history, and culture Editor-in-Chief: Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. June 2022, Oxford/New York – Oxford Languages, a division of Oxford University…Find out more
The Historical Thesaurus of the OED (HTOED) is a semantic network of OED senses arranged by concept or meaning. It allows users to explore the different ways that meanings have…Find out more
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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