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This Dictionary Illuminates the Meaning of Everything

Richard Lederer celebrates “the most impressive collective achievement of our civilization”This year marks the 90th anniversary of the greatest monument ever erected to the English language. In 1857, the idea of a comprehensive “dictionary of historical principles” was first presented. On June 1, 1928, the first two complete twelve-volume sets were formally presented—one to King George V and one...

Swedish Dictionary Officially Includes Gender-Neutral Pronoun

The Swedish Academy's SAOL dictionary is being republished on April 15, 2015 with thousands of new words. Among them is the gender-neutral pronoun “hen”, which can be used instead of the masculine “han” (he) and feminine “hon” (she). The Swedish Academy was set up in 1785 with the aim of adapting the Swedish language to changing cultural and societal...

New Chinese Dictionary Reflects Modern China

Additions include nouveau riche and the WeChat social media app.The Chinese language regulator has approved of a new edition of the Standard Dictionary of Modern Chinese that includes over 100 new words of increasing importance in contemporary China. The new additions are telling of how Chinese society has transformed amidst economic boom and technology age.More...

Dictionary Adds 150 Words to 2014 Edition

‘Selfie’ ‘crowdfunding’ and turducken’ are among 150 new words added to the 2014 updated version of the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary; the company have announced this week.The new additions to the U.S. English dictionary reflect numerous changes in technology, social media and popular culture.The process of holding a smart-phone camera at arm’s length and snapping a quick shot for...