Oxford Dictionaries added new words including "manspreading," "rando" and "awesomesauce."
August 27, 2015 Oxford Dictionaries has updated its offerings with a number of new words, so, naturally, we held a contest to see who could use the most in a single sentence.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia unleashed colorful vocabulary against the court's support of Obamacare Thursday. The Oxford English Dictionary explains what he meant.
June 25, 2015 The OED unveils some modern coinage and explains a Supreme Court justice's choice of words.
August 31, 2014 Since the new Lifetime show Girlfriend Intervention has resurrected the tired old cliche of the "sassy black woman," one black woman decided "sassy" needed some scrutiny.
English writer and broadcaster Robert Robinson holding the first volume of A Supplement To The Oxford English Dictionary in 1977.
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January 24, 2014 The Oxford English Dictionary is at work on a monumental third edition. Why? We didn't have the OED before the 1850s. Is it so unthinkable that we should do without it going forward? What are dictionaries for, anyway? Alva Noë wonders.
Binyavanga Wainaina, editor of Kwani?, in 2003 in Nairobi, Kenya.
January 22, 2014 Also: Finalists announced for the Costa prize; Greg Mortenson on Three Cups of Tea; Ben Marcus on why he loves Kafka.
November 19, 2013 Also: Behind the scenes at the Oxford English Dictionary; Lore Segal on writing; Adelle Waldman on the "marriage plot."
President Obama greets people after making a speech about the economy and jobs Tuesday at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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July 31, 2013 Also: an excerpt from George R.R. Martin's upcoming novella; a plea from the OED; a new short story from Adam Johnson.
October 24, 2011 The word "decimate" is often used to describe the complete ruin of something, but one listener correctly points out the word's original military meaning is different.
March 25, 2011 Wassup has made it in too. But hasn't it already disappeared from use? Wassup with that?
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