April 02, 2012

OED (Oxford English Dictionary) update


What's new

Latest online update: March 2012


In the March update we revise some 'linguistic colossi’, including time (with 607 terms in 110 entries), blood (with 440 lexical items in 106 entries), and gas (with 363 lexical items in 130 entries).
 
The latest revision also sees updates to modes of transport, which are significant indicators of social and lexical change, along with other subjects including health, education, and business.
 
Read more about the revisions in the March update from the Chief Editor of the OED, John Simpson.
 
Take a closer look at some of the new words and senses added to the OED, from dataveillance and geotagging to soz and bouffy.
 
 
The OED publishes four updates a year. The next update will be added to the dictionary in June 2012.
 
In December 2010 the OED online relaunched with new functionality and the addition of the Historical Thesaurus of the OED. Read about the featured changes.

Latest articles on OED Online

Windows on to wordsdive into the OED!
Shapers of English: Tania Styles looks at place names in the OED.
English in time: Eleanor Maier explores how the 'buster' suffix has become ubiquitous.
English in use:  Penny Silva writes about South African English.
More English in use: Richard Shapiro examines whether Indian cardinal numbers are the most distinctive counting system in English
Word stories: Denny Hilton on The ‘auto-’ age 
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