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French dictionary adds non-binary pronoun, sparking anger

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Paris, France The decision by a major French dictionary to include a gender-inclusive pronoun in its online edition has triggered angry reactions from lawmakers and defenders of the nation's language. French dictiona...

‘Vax’ is Oxford English Dictionary publisher’s 2021 Word of the Year

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"Vax" is the Word of the Year for 2021, according to the annual report from Oxford Languages. Defined as "a colloquialism meaning either vaccine or vaccination as a noun and vaccinate as a verb," vax was relatively ...

Merriam-Webster adds 455 new words to the dictionary, including ‘fluffernutter’ and ‘dad bod’

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Amirite, or amirite? As the world evolves, words follow, which is why Merriam-Webster has added 455 new ones to the dictionary this month. TBH, many have emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic that has shaped so much of...

National Dictionary Day: Surprising facts about the resource book

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The U.S. celebrates National Dictionary Day on Oct. 16 every year in honor of the birthday of Noah Webster, considered to be the father of the American dictionary, according to Merriam-Webster. According to the dicti...

‘Korean wave’ sweeps Oxford English Dictionary as new words are added

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Korean exports seem to be sweeping the world's screens, headsets and runways -- and now more than 20 words of Korean origin have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in its September update. Over the pa...

A family is trying to get ‘orbisculate’ into the dictionary to honor their dad who died of Covid-19

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You know when you dig into a grapefruit and, suddenly, its juice squirts you in the eye? There's a word for it. Hello, orbisculate. It's a word that the Krieger family of Boston is trying to get into the dictionary ...

Every investor in Britain’s slave trade set to be detailed in new ‘dictionary’ after funding from UK government

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London The first ever index of investors in Britain's extensive slave trade is being compiled by academics, after the project received £1 million ($ 1.4 million) in funding from the UK government. The Dictionary of ...

Oxford English Dictionary couldn’t pick just one ‘word of the year’ for 2020

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has been unable to name its traditional word of the year for 2020, instead exploring how far and how quickly the language has developed this year. "It quickly became apparent that...