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The letter E, the influential vowel and one of the most frequently used letters in the English language, died yesterday. The vowel was 2,800 years old.
"Cyber Monday" is only the latest (and most awful) mutation of the word "cyber." Here's the profoundly strange history of a word that went from science fiction and porn, to war and shopping.
Animals have always been important to the lives and livelihoods of humans, so it’s no wonder they've left a mark on language.
John Simpson recently retired as chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Before he left, we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions
Huge numbers of us are using the term 'selfie' and taking them. But – from your duckface to your belfie – are you getting it right?
LONDON -- In what was described as an unusually unanimous decision, “selfie” has been chosen as word of the year by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, beating out “twerk” and a host of other Internet and social-media-related terms,...
Earlier today, we announced that the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is 'selfie'. You can learn more about the rise of ‘selfie’ with our info
Jonathan Freedland: First thoughts: The Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year, 'selfie' seems to be all about me, me, me. But its social nature reveals a desperate search for an us
'Selfie' has been named the word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries, beating 'twerk', 'binge-watch' and 'showrooming' as the most popular new term of the year.
Illustration © Barry Hall, cube fish media It’s that time of the year again. With a fanfare and a drum roll, it’s time to announce the Oxford
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The English language is ever-changing and the powers-that-be are taking note. Each year, new words are added to authoritative dictionaries around the world in an attempt to keep their collections as modern and comprehensive as possible.
As OUP’s lexicographers go about our quiet work, occasionally a novel word, spied in a newspaper, a post, or a tweet, catches our fancy. “Possible WOTY?!!!
By Melissa Mohr To celebrate selfie’s tenure as Word of the Year, here are some WOTYs from the past, which may shed some light on its development.
Everyone loves a new word. When Oxford announces its Word of the Year, I sometimes detect behind the buzz of expectation a pang of disappointment that th
Selfie is the 2013 word of the year, Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday, edging out some stiff competition from twerk.
Hindsight tells us that Word of the Year candidates have not always fared so well.
Oxford Dictionaries, the traditional early bird in Word of the Year (WotY) contests, has announced its selection for 2013: selfie.
"Selfie" is selected as the word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries, with "twerk" and "binge-watch" among others on the shortlist.
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