All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘dictionaries’

Scrabble Gets with the Times, Adds Selfie, Hashtag, and Mixtape

It’s been about a decade since the Scrabble dictionary received a major update. But when the fifth edition of the The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary comes out on Wednesday, it’ll allow you to play your favorite new kewl internets words – as well as words you’ve been dying to play since 1988. “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary now includes favorite …

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Gay Marriage to Be Recognized in Official OED Definition

In light of Britain’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage, the publishers of the largest dictionary of the English language say that they will amend the definition of marriage to include that of the same-sex variety. “We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage,” said …

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2012 Was the Year of “Bluster,” Says Dictionary.com

In the past, we’ve let you know when words inspired by modern tech or internet culture become part of official dictionaries. No matter how you feel about the internet’s effect on language (it’s bastardization!), you have to admit that it’s kind of interesting when the Oxford Dictionaries add ZOMG or NSFW to the list, or Merriam-Webster adds “sexting” to its …

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Oxford Dictionaries Online Add “Ridic,” “Mwahahaha,” and Then Fittingly, “Douche”

The Oxford Dictionaries Online are an arm of the Oxford English Dictionary, with a slight difference. While the OED shows how words and meanings have changed over times, the ODO “focuses on the current language and practical usage.” So it would make sense the ODO would try to keep up with the latest slang (read: bastardization of the English language). …

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Sexting, F-Bomb, and Mash-up Added to the Dictionary

As a word nerd, it’s always fun to see new words enter the lexicon. Language is constantly evolving, and every so often our dictionaries must adapt to the changing landscape. And a lot of the time, that means creating official entries for words engendered from pop culture, technology, and the internet. Now, if you look through the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, …

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