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January 2018

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…

Release notes: Titan and the titch

The Titan When I’m asked what I do for a living, one of the commonest follow-up questions is ‘do you have a particular specialism?”’ The answer is no: OED revision…

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…

Release notes: sun scalds in Kipling

Kipling’s 1897 novel, Captains Courageous, is a great story, even though its whole ethos is remote from the life of today. Harvey, a spoiled rich kid, son of a railroad millionaire,…

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…