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.
What makes us look up a word? We tend to assume that the words people look up are only the hard ones—SAT vocabulary, tricky spellings, jargon used mostly by professors. Adults tell children who ask what a word means to look it up, and it's a great ha...
Dictionary changes definition of geek to 'a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a specific subject'
Look for a topical expression in the Oxford English Dictionary and you may find it is older than you think. "Phone-hacking", for example, was first used in the early 1980s. Americans have been worrying about "fiscal cliffs" of one kind or another
A parent's complaint over a 'sexually graphic' definition has seen dictionaries removed from southern Californian schools
In 1913, a compilation of Gustave Flaubert's satirical definitions was posthumously published. It inspired me to try something similar, over the course of a few hours, on Twitter.