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.
Texts previously unknown to modern academics uncovered in research project that will help to preserve culture and identity
Will twerk and phablet go the way of e-tailing and palmtop, or endure like geek and LOL?
Other entries include selfie, phablet and a host of other terms from the digital world - read on for Fomo (fear of missing out)
What to keep and what to cut? You can start by checking the Internet.
Kory Stamper: Though fantasy and sci-fi have invented hundreds of new words, only a few pass muster to make it into the dictionary
Look up words in the Visuwords online graphical dictionary and thesaurus to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
Good writing may exceed the boundaries suggested, if not intended, by dictionary definitions.
Updates to dictionaries take place regularly enough that it seems like someone is always grumbling over this word or that phrase being included in the most esteemed place we think of words existing. But sometimes the lexicographers themselves are sur...
"No pain, no gain" goes all the way back to the 1500s, and we have Shakespeare to thank for the phrase "cold fish." In The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Christine Ammer explores the origins of more than 10,000 nonliteral sayings.
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