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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: fake news

    Posted by on February 20, 2017

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in January were well up on December’s total, which was the lowest since February 2016.  32% of these were published, which is a considerable increase on December’s acceptance rate of 25%. Our contributors come from all around the world, so the drop can’t be attributable entirely to the Christmas break; […]

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  • New year, new words: Macmillan Dictionary’s latest update

    Posted by on January 23, 2017

    Macmillan Dictionary kicks off 2017 with another major update (what we call a “new release”). As always, the hundreds of additions to the dictionary include general vocabulary items referring to things or concepts that didn’t exist before, among them words like cat café, no-platform, and cupcakery. More often, though, a new word will emerge to […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Year: hopemonger

    Posted by on December 22, 2016

    It’s time to look back at the fortunes of the Open Dictionary during 2016. So far this year, over 1400 entries from all around the world have been published in the Open Dictionary, and just under 3000 rejected. Obviously a post like this can only give a taste of such riches, but here are some […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: jackrabbit

    Posted by on November 23, 2016

    The blog schedule has been rather crowded lately, so this post looks at Open Dictionary submissions for two months, September and October.  Submissions were slightly up in September and again in October, but the number of rejected entries was up too, with approval levels for both months falling below 30% for the first time since […]

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  • US election word of the week: electoral college

    Posted by on November 08, 2016

    Welcome to the final post in our series looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process. As the election finally takes place we look at a vital part of the process, the Electoral College. The Electoral College was established by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution as a compromise […]

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  • US election word of the week: POTUS

    Posted by on November 02, 2016

    Our series looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process is coming to an end. As election day approaches we look at one of the familiar names given to the President, POTUS. My first encounter with the term POTUS as a nickname for the President of the United States […]

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  • US election word of the week: bigly

    Posted by on October 25, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in November. This week’s word is bigly. For linguists, the language of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is the gift that just keeps on giving. Along with locker room […]

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  • US election word of the week: war chest

    Posted by on October 18, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in November. This week’s word is war chest. A candidate fighting an election in the US needs a great deal of money: it is estimated that the last presidential […]

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  • US election word of the week: spin room

    Posted by on October 11, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s word is spin room. It has become customary following political debates for staff and supporters of the different candidates to gather in a so-called […]

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  • US election word of the week: red state, blue state

    Posted by on October 05, 2016

    In this series we are looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the run-up to the Presidential election in late 2016. This week’s words are red state and blue state. In last week’s post on swing states, we mentioned the alternative term purple state, so named because […]

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