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Release notes: adore the fedora

What links an item of men’s headwear and a glamorous fin-de-siècle French actress? Most sources agree that the fedora, the familiar soft felt hat with a curled brim and a creased…

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New words notes June 2015

The online Oxford English Dictionary (oed.com) launched on 14 March 2000, and since the OED generally does not add neologisms until they have had some time to establish themselves, the…

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New words notes March 2015

It’s that time again, when we bring you the very latest in additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, and, as usual, we have lexicographical facts and figures coming out of…

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The OED in two minutes

Modern English includes words from a wide variety of different sources around the world. Patterns of word-borrowing over time reflect the changing demography of its speakers; cultural and economic influences…

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Release notes: an unravelled mystery

English has two prefixes spelt un-. UN-1 means ‘not’, ‘the opposite of’, and is most typically used with descriptive adjectives, such as unhappy, while UN-2 means ‘the reverse of’, ‘de-‘,…

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New words notes December 2014

G’day. It seems like the right moment to issue this greeting before moving on to general and selected individual introductions to this latest batch of new words, as this archetypal…

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