Dictionary

  • Next Oxford dictionary may be too big to print, fear publishers 21-04-2014 06:28 PM

    London: The Oxford English Dictionary may disappear from bookshelves as future editions may be too big to print, its publishers fear. Only an on-line format would be practicable and affordable as the third edition is expected to be twice the size of the current version, according to its publishers. The...
  • New Scrabble word, geocache, is first ever chosen by gamers to be added to players' dictionary, beat popular choices bitcoin, cosplay 11-04-2014 11:55 AM

    There's a new word in play on the Scrabble game board: geocache. The word, a verb meaning to track down items as part of a game using a Global Positioning System device, beat out 15 other nominated words in an online fan vote to select the newest addition to The...
  • 'Aam aadmi' to 'jugaad': 15 desi words that deserve to be in the dictionary 31-12-2013 02:45 PM

    Whether it's a college campus argument or a gossip session near the office water cooler, words like 'aam admi', 'jugaad' and 'macha' have always found their way in. Apart from adding a zing to the conversation, these desi-flavoured words have also managed to blur the north, south divide in the...
  • This is cool! OED birthday word generator tells you which words originated in your birth year 19-12-2013 12:01 PM

    New Delhi: This is the coolest thing you will see on the internet today. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has come up with a birthday word generator that tells you which words entered the English language around the same time you were born. "We've scoured the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)...
  • Condom to sex: Google's weird list of banned words for Android 4.4 KitKat 09-12-2013 06:05 PM

    New Delhi: It seems that Google now wants you to make use of words in a more careful and responsible way, and thus, has drawn off many words, including a bunch of profane words, from its built-in dictionary for Android. With the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has now...
  • 'Selfie' selected as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries 20-11-2013 06:22 PM

    "Selfie" - a self portrait usually on a smartphone or webcam - was selected as word of the year on Tuesday by the Oxford Dictionaries, based on a 17,000 per cent rise in its usage from a year ago. "Selfie" was chosen after it "gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world...
  • 'Selfie' beats 'twerk' as word of the year 19-11-2013 11:45 AM

    'Selfie' - a self portrait usually on a smartphone or webcam - was selected word of the year on Tuesday by the Oxford Dictionaries, based on a 17,000 percent rise in its usage from a year ago. 'Selfie' was chosen after it "gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world in 2013...
  • 13 tech words that just entered the Oxford Dictionary 04-09-2013 02:32 PM

    New Delhi: We often come across words either during informal conversations or on social networking sites, which do not exist in any dictionary but still are very much used. Based on the popularity and usage of such words, some of them have been added to the online Oxford Dictionary. We...
  • Verb for 'French kiss' finally enters the French dictionary 31-05-2013 12:29 AM

    Paris: For centuries, there's been no official French word for the sloppy Gallic export "to French kiss" - though that certainly hasn't stopped any citizen from doing so. Now the oversight has been rectified. The one-word verb "galocher" - to kiss with tongues - is among new entries added to...
  • Oxford chooses 'omnishambles' as word of the year 14-11-2012 06:32 PM

    London: Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: "omnishambles." Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word - defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations"...
  • Oxford Dictionaries chooses 'omnishambles' as UK's word of the year 14-11-2012 11:21 AM

    London: Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: "omnishambles." Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word - defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations"...
  • Review: Casio EW-B2000C e-dictionary 28-11-2011 02:05 PM

    Is there really a need for a standalone electronic dictionary? That was the first question that hit my mind when I first got to know about Casio's new electronic dictionary lineup. Recently, Casio launched two electronic dictionaries - the EW-B100C and the EW-B2000C models - in India at Rs 7,995...
  • Casio launches EW-B100C and B2000C electronic dictionaries 10-11-2011 01:35 PM

    New Delhi: With dictionary apps for smartphones abound, standalone electronic dictionaries seem to be fighting a losing battle. But that hasn't deterred Casio from launching new dictionary devices. Casio India launched the EW-B100C and B2000C dictionaries in India on Thursday. The handheld devices come with a QWERTY keyboard and include...
  • Merriam-Webster adds 'tweet,' 'bromance' 26-08-2011 08:05 AM

    Washington: Crowdsourcing tweeters bonding in bromance and tracking cougars earned an official place in the English lexicon on Thursday when Merriam-Webster announced the addition of 150 words to its 2011 Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Social media-influenced terms like "crowdsourcing," which is "the practice of obtaining information from a large group of...
  • Sexting is official, you may retweet it 19-08-2011 12:11 PM

    London: Sexting has just got the official sanction. And joining it in the dictionary is woot - a word that, for the uninitiated, means an electronic commuication to express enthusiasm or triumph. The latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary also contains words like retweet, which means to forward...
  • FYI, Oxford Dictionary adds new words, OMG! 25-03-2011 11:35 AM

    New Delhi: The Oxford English Dictionary on Thursday added abbreviations popularly used in electronic communication; including OMG and LOL, as part of the official lexicon. These words or slang will join other entries of this sort such as IMHO (in my humble opinion), TMI (too much information) and BFF (best...
  • 'Bloggable', 'buttload', enter Oxford Dictionary 24-02-2011 12:40 PM

    London: A slew of new words, including "bloggable", "scareware" and "onliner", have made it to Oxford Dictionaries for the first time, thanks to the worldwide web's increasing influence on the English language. The new entries include the words "scareware", which means malicious computer programmes, "trackpad" (touchpad) and "buttload" (a large...
  • Facebookers, Googlers just got banished 01-01-2011 05:44 PM

    Islamabad: Life without Facebook and Google may be impossible for most of those hooked to the internet, and yet both words as verbs stand banished in a popular annual word list that rolls out on New Year. Michigan's Lake Superior State University (LSSU), which invites submissions through the year to...
  • Word warriors vanquish 'viral,' eradicate 'epic' 31-12-2010 12:19 PM

    Detroit: It's official: Viral went viral, and now it's been virtually vaporized. Michigan's Lake Superior State University features the term linked to popular online video clips in its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. The 2011 list, compiled by...
  • 'WikiLeaks' now a part of English dictionary 28-12-2010 10:44 AM

    New Delhi: According to the Global Language Monitor, the word 'WikiLeaks' appeared sporadically in the global media in 2006. But now it has been cited more than 300 million times, even with a quick Google search. This after it met the requisite criteria of geographic reach as well as "depth...
  • 'Wikileaks' enters the English language 22-12-2010 09:24 AM

    Los Angeles: It happened to Xerox and more recently to Google, and now "wikileaks" has joined the list of proper names that are common enough to enter the English language as their own word. Texas-based Global Language Monitor on Tuesday said the website WikiLeaks, which has publicly released thousands of...
  • 'Austerity' named word of the year in US 21-12-2010 02:07 PM

    Los Angeles: US dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster named "Austerity" as the word of the year Monday, reflecting the cost-cutting ethos that has gripped the US economy and culture. "'Austerity' clearly resonates with many people," said Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster, who monitors online dictionary searches. "We often hear it...
  • English language has doubled over last century 17-12-2010 07:07 PM

    London: The English language is enjoying unprecedented growth and has nearly doubled in size over the last century. Researchers at Harvard University and Google found that the language was expanding by 8,500 words a year in the new millennium and now stands at 1,022,000 words. The rate of increase over...
  • Oxford English Dictionary print to get digital makeover 09-09-2010 10:50 AM

    The 126-year-old dictionary could be the latest victim of our digital revolution. ...
  • Vuvuzela makes it into the Oxford Dictionary 19-08-2010 08:55 PM

    London: The ever-present hum of the vuvuzela during this year's soccer World Cup catapulted the plastic trumpet to instant fame and now it has earned itself a place in the revered Oxford Dictionary of English. Vuvuzela is among 2,000 new words and phrases added to the third edition of the...