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  • Henry’s monthly musings – the latest lingo

    Posted by on January 25, 2016

    Recently we’ve talked a lot on the blog about words like bae and fleek that have come into being amongst younger generations before becoming accepted terms of popular usage.  Secretly we language enthusiasts all dream of creating the next viral buzzword, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreams of his idiolect being […]

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  • Walking in a webinar wonderland

    Posted by on October 23, 2015

    Webinar. Now’s the time of year when I’m confronted by this word on an almost daily basis as we ramp up the final preparations for the annual Macmillan Education Online Conference. The event is now in its fifth year – and if you haven’t come across it before, it is a place where teachers across […]

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  • From belfie to twitterhoea: new words from social media

    Posted by on August 27, 2015

    All this month, we’re celebrating the fact that the Open Dictionary has now been integrated with the main Dictionary in search results. A major source of new words these days is of course social media. And with that in mind, I’ve scoured the Open Dictionary archives to find the best contributions the worlds of Facebook […]

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  • Tracking the emergence of new words across time and space

    Posted by on July 21, 2015

    A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to receive a visit from Jack Grieve, a researcher and lecturer from Aston University, England, who delivered a fascinating presentation: Tracking the emergence of new words across time and space, examining the emergence of new words on Twitter. Intrigued by what he had to say, Henry decided […]

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  • Henry’s social media musings – political language

    Posted by on May 24, 2015

    “Despite the best efforts of the ‘milifandom’, Labour couldn’t triumph in the UK election – largely thanks to the ‘ajockalypse’ – and now a ‘Brexit’ looks likely.” Did that all make sense to you? I’d guess probably not. But you won’t be the only one saying that, trust me. It’s been a heavy few weeks […]

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  • Henry’s social media musings

    Posted by on April 07, 2015

    Hi! I’m Henry and I look after Macmillan Dictionary’s social media channels. (Yes, that’s me ‘liking’ and replying to those comments…) Seeing as I spend so much time online, I thought it would be a good idea to start a monthly blog on the latest buzzwords – and other linguistic trends – that I spot […]

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