DICTIONARY

  • Oxford Dictionary reaches final definition after century August 31, 2014

    London: A 17volume dictionary of medieval Latin has finally been completed by Oxford University researchers after more than a century of accumulating entries. The work on the dictionary, which began in 1913, has reached its final definition, "zythum", a type of fermented malt drink. The editor, Richard Ashdowne, from Oxford University's...
  • 'Vaping', 'listicle', 'livetweet' and 'bingewatch' are the latest words to be added to the Oxford Dictionary August 14, 2014

    London: Don't know what "vaping" is? How about "listicle"? Perhaps it's time to get to know them. Britain's Oxford University Press said Thursday it is adding the words along with other new entries, from "timepoor" to "Paleo diet" to its online Oxford Dictionaries to reflect new language trends. Editors for...
  • Chillax and take a selfie! 5000 new words added to the Official #Scrabble Players Dictionary August 5, 2014

    New York: To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages. The word "te" as a variant of "ti," the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary," out August 11 from MerriamWebster. The dictionary's last freshening up...
  • Australian physicist finds 99yearold mistake in Oxford dictionary April 28, 2014

    An eagleeyed Australian scientist has forced the Oxford English Dictionary to change its definition of how a siphon works, after he found an error in the entry which had gone unnoticed for 99 years. For almost a century, the dictionary incorrectly stated that atmospheric pressure, rather than gravity, is the...
  • Next Oxford dictionary may be too big to print, fear publishers April 21, 2014

    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 publishers say...
  • New Scrabble word, geocache, is first ever chosen by gamers to be added to players' dictionary, beat popular choices bitcoin, cosplay April 11, 2014

    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 December 31, 2013

    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 desiflavoured 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 December 19, 2013

    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) to...
  • Condom to sex: Google's weird list of banned words for Android 4.4 KitKat December 9, 2013

    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 builtin dictionary for Android. With the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has now...
  • 'Selfie' selected as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries November 20, 2013

    "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 Englishspeaking world in...
  • 'Selfie' beats 'twerk' as word of the year November 19, 2013

    '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 Englishspeaking world in 2013 as...
  • 13 tech words that just entered the Oxford Dictionary September 4, 2013

    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 May 31, 2013

    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 oneword verb "galocher" to kiss with tongues is among new entries added to the "Petit...
  • 'Gangnam Style' is Collins dictionary's word of the year December 21, 2012

    London: After becoming the mostwatched video ever on YouTube, Korean singer Psy's pop sensation "Gangnam Style" has now booked a place in popular culture with recognition from a renowned British dictionary. "Gangnam Style" has been named among the Collins dictionary's words of the year along with "mummy porn", "fiscal cliff" and...
  • ExOxford Dictionary editor deleted Indian words November 28, 2012

    London: An eminent former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary attempted to rewrite it by deleting thousands of words with foreign roots, including those of Indianorigin, a new book claims. Robert Burchfield deleted words like 'balisaur', a badgerlike animal from India, 'Danchi', a Bengali plant and 'boviander', the name in...
  • Oxford chooses 'omnishambles' as word of the year November 14, 2012

    London: Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffeprone, 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 November 14, 2012

    London: Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffeprone, 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 EWB2000C edictionary November 28, 2011

    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 EWB100C and the EWB2000C models in India at Rs 7,995 and...
  • Casio launches EWB100C and B2000C electronic dictionaries November 10, 2011

    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 EWB100C and B2000C dictionaries in India on Thursday. The handheld devices come with a QWERTY keyboard and include rechargeable...
  • MerriamWebster adds 'tweet,' 'bromance' August 26, 2011

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

    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 a...
  • FYI, Oxford Dictionary adds new words, OMG! March 25, 2011

    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 friends...
  • 'Bloggable', 'buttload', enter Oxford Dictionary February 24, 2011

    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 amount)....
  • Facebookers, Googlers just got banished January 1, 2011

    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 make...
  • Word warriors vanquish 'viral,' eradicate 'epic' December 31, 2010

    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 Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The 2011 list, compiled by the...
  • 'WikiLeaks' now a part of English dictionary December 28, 2010

    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 December 22, 2010

    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. Texasbased Global Language Monitor on Tuesday said the website WikiLeaks, which has publicly released thousands of confidential...
  • 'Austerity' named word of the year in US December 21, 2010

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

    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 the years...
  • Oxford English Dictionary print to get digital makeover September 9, 2010

    The 126yearold dictionary could be the latest victim of our digital revolution. ...