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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: Bregret

    Posted by on July 27, 2016

    June saw a considerable drop in submissions to the Open Dictionary following May’s peak, and a drop in quality too, with just 28% of submitted entries being approved for publication. Types of submissions that will always be rejected include: entries that consist of the submitter’s own name, or that of someone they fancy, or dislike, […]

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  • US election word of the week: running mate

    Posted by on July 26, 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 running mate. As the Democratic convention gets underway in Philadelphia, both parties’ nominees have now announced their running mates. The running mate […]

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  • US election words of the week: PAC and super PAC

    Posted by on July 12, 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 PAC and super PAC. In 2012 it cost Barack Obama and Mitt Romney an estimated one billion dollars each to run for […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: domestic engineer

    Posted by on July 05, 2016

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in May were similar in number to April’s, with around one third of submitted entries again being approved for publication. The new entries were the usual mix of recent coinages and new meanings, specialized or technical terms, rare words, abbreviations, and a few standard words and phrases that had just […]

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  • US election word of the week: Trumpmentum

    Posted by on June 28, 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 Trumpmentum. As Donald Trump sweeps towards almost certain Republican nomination next month, it seems like a good time to look at this […]

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  • US election word of the week: presumptive nominee

    Posted by on June 20, 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 presumptive nominee. Having passed the threshold of 1237 delegates he needs to win the Republican nomination, Donald Trump is now the party’s […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: dude food

    Posted by on May 31, 2016

    Submissions to the Open Dictionary in April were back to normal levels, with slightly over one third of all entries being approved for publication. The new entries were the usual mix: some rare words; a number of specialized or technical terms; several recent coinages and new meanings; and some words and phrases that had not […]

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  • US election word of the week: closed primary

    Posted by on May 30, 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 closed primary. At the time of writing, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has just won the support of voters in Oregon by a […]

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  • US election word of the week: the GOP

    Posted by on May 17, 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 the GOP. The GOP, pronounced by saying the individual letters, is a familiar name for the US Republican Party. Here’s what Wikipedia […]

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  • US election word of the week: front-runner

    Posted by on May 10, 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 front-runner. Until last week, the front-runners in the contest for the US Presidential nominations were Donald Trump for the Republicans and Hillary […]

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