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Happy New Year from Macmillan Dictionary

© GETTYIt’s been another busy year at Macmillan Dictionary. There were two new releases of Macmillan English Dictionary, the first featuring South African English, the second concentrating on Philippine English and legal English. Kerry Maxwell has kept her finger on the linguistic pulse with Buzzwords ranging from stuffocation to webrooming. The Open Dictionary has continued to flourish, with more than 1400 new entries published.

On the blog, in addition to our regular weekly features, and monthly posts by Stan Carey, we have focused on a number of different areas of the English language. In the first part of the year we concluded our series on Real Vocabulary with Scott Thornbury and Editor-in-Chief Michael Rundell. This was followed by a series of posts celebrating Shakespeare’s immense contribution to the English language on the 400th anniversary of his death. The US Presidential election was marked by weekly posts exploring the language of American politics. Our continuing series on Real World English by Ed Pegg looks at the way English is used in different parts of the world. Finally, Michael Rundell rounded off an eventful year with a linguistic review of 2016.

The Macmillan Dictionary team is taking a short break. The blog will return on January 9th with a new post for the New Year by Stan Carey. In the meantime, all at Macmillan Dictionary wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

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