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Quarterly updates

Release notes: parenting words

The last ten years have been particularly fruitful ones for the Oxford English Dictionary. Over that time, staff have celebrated the birth of twenty-five babies, and a lexicographer bringing a…

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Release notes: yellow journalism

Colour words are often interesting to work on because of the additional meanings they have acquired. I was fascinated by how sensationalist journalism came to be described as ‘yellow’. The…

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New words notes January 2018

In today’s quarterly update, the OED adds over 1100 new entries, phrases, and senses, including the selection of items described in greater detail below. The full list of entries can…

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Release notes: Indian English

In the four centuries that English has been present in India, the language has played a number of important roles in Indian society—first arriving as a foreign tongue used by…

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Release notes: Beltway

The lexicographical byways of the political highway If you are British then you quite possibly have not heard of a beltway before; if you are American you might read or hear the…

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New words notes September 2017

The September 2017 quarterly update of the OED includes more than 1000 new headwords, senses, and subentries. The full list of new entries can be found here. Not all words…

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Release notes: tennis terms

When work began on the Philological Society’s proposed new English dictionary in the 1850s, the modern game of tennis did not exist. At that time, ‘tennis’ referred to what we…

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