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Merriam-Webster’s New Tool Tells You Which Words First Appeared in Print the Year You Were Born

In 2018, the Oxford English Dictionary added words like beerfest, jumbotron, modder, antifa, binge-watch, and nothingburger, reflecting the awful, awful times we live in. But have you ever wondered what words officially entered our lexicon the year you were born? Probably not, but it turns out Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool is a fascinating archive of when certain technologies, trends, or pop-culture references came to be. Read More >>

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Facebook Patents “Social Glossary” So Old People Know all the New Sex Terms

Facebook is looking into ways of automatically explaining what the kids are talking about to their parents, with the social network's engineers thinking up a system that automatically translates the "abbreviations, acronyms, names & nicknames" used by users into meaningful words used by grown-ups. Read More >>

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“Selfie” is Officially the 2013 Word of the Year

Time to fire up Instagram and party like it's, um, 2013, because 'selfie' has been named the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. Read More >>

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Selfie, Derp and Phablet Are Now Words in the Oxford Dictionaries Online

Because language doesn't really matter anymore to the Internet, words that people use online all the time (even though people are often too embarrassed to say them aloud in real life) are now part of the dictionary. The Oxford Dictionaries Online is adding these wonky words to its dictionary: twerk, phablet, derp, selfie, bitcoin, vom and more. Read More >>

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Google’s Definition of Literally Is Not the Literal Definition

Grammar-loving folks who love to point out where commas should be inserted instead of periods, and how semi-colons are both simultaneously underused and overused, should pick up their red pens, furrowed brows and pitchforks at the fact that the definition of literally is literally no longer the literal definition of literally. The trolls who say "literally" when they're being completely non-literal and say it as an exaggeration or emphasising something have won. Read More >>

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The 10 Most Looked Up Words of 2012

Merriam-Webster decided to flex its mastery and importance over the English language and name the top 10 words of the year for 2012. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them are politics related (bigot anyone?), but one tech word was able to sneak its way into the top 10: meme. Read More >>

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The Wacky Words That Are Now in the Oxford Dictionaries Online: LOLZ, Photobomb, Mwahahaha and More

Dictionaries exist in between a rock and a hard place: jump on new words too late and they look like a dinosaur, add in words too early and they're made into a mockery. Words are hard, yes, but some words don't exactly need defining like some of these just added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Read More >>