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How Do Words Get Into A Dictionary?

I subscribe to the Oxford Dictionary Pro but their free online edition of the Oxford Dictionary is good, too.

Naturally, the dictionary is managed by the University of Oxford—“It is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the second-oldest surviving university in the world.”

Oxford actually has 58 different services you can subscribe to

But back to the topic in the title—How Do Words Get Into A Dictionary?

The month of February ( 2013 ) saw these new entries in the Oxford Dictionary:

The words are links to the Oxford Definitions…

Baggy Green
cane corso
friend zone
hump day
metabolic syndrome
range anxiety
social sharing
tray bake

So, how many of those entries did you already know?

Did you take any of the links to check out Oxford’s definitions?


Here’s how the Oxford chooses new words—I’m sure other dictionaries follow similar procedures :-)
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6 responses to “How Do Words Get Into A Dictionary?

  1. Jane Watson March 7, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Well I sure knew *Baggy Green* – an Australian term, folks, so I have to reproduce some of it here:
    “a green cap worn by Australian Test cricketers, traditionally awarded to mark a player’s first appearance for the team:
    …he first donned the Baggy Green in the 1984 Boxing Day Test against the West Indies.
    Australians do not like losers, especially when they are wearing the treasured Baggy Green…”

    Apart from sport, we are not very braggadocious, and would never dream of drinking an appletini…that would really make you a Flexitarian loser…;-)


  2. John Paul Mahofski March 7, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I see an opportunity to poke fun at scholars, expect a pdf flow chart of how words really make the cut!!


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