By the high-gloss, high-tech standards of 21st-century corporate life, the headquarters of America's premier dictionary publisher is an unusual place. Merriam-Webster Inc. is housed in a two-story brick building in Springfield, Massachusetts, that, i...
Margaret Atwood and Andrew Motion among authors protesting at dropping definitions of words like ‘acorn' and ‘buttercup' in favour of ‘broadband' and ‘cut and paste'
The language called "Uglish" is as controversial in Uganda as Ebonics is in the U.S. And now it has its own dictionary. Is it just bad English or a legitimate local variant?
‘Backpack,' ‘postmodernism,' and ‘oy vey' turn 100.
The growing popularity of e-cigarettes sparked the notice of the Oxford Dictionaries, which chose "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. It beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."
When one word has come to mean both 'lady' and 'feudal slave', the task facing academics in compiling a unified dictionary seems daunting
It may come as no surprise to you that many of us at Merriam-Webster are book enthusiasts. After all, we deal in books: we read them, we mark them, we make them. For my own part, books take up more space in my house than my children do. And yet,...
When you spend all your time in a book, you think you know it. All the editors at Merriam-Webster know Webster's Third Edition, but now that we're undertaking a revision of the beast, we're ears-deep in it, drowning in stuffy single-statement definit...
This short documentary profiles the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni, a Native American language, and her creation of a comprehensive dictionary.
But scholars say the handwriting in the margins may tell a different story.
Compilers of the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary fear the mammoth masterpiece can only appear online as printed volumes will not be commerically viable
The Oxford English Dictionary, now under the leadership of Michael Proffitt, is looking to serve traditionalists and the users to come.