I Really Want a Giant Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary and I Don't Care

Does a 16kg dictionary count as a gadget? I don't know. I don't know. The Oxford English Dictionary is useless. It serves no practical purpose, is devoid of any remnant of meaningful utility, is obsolete, is a 19th century relic compiled over decades during which the whole of the Transcontinental Railroad was built and John Henry dropped dead, replaced by the steam engine, and an iPhone app. Yet doesn't 22,000 pages of words about words sound fun? Read More >>

Twitter Tweeting Added to Oxford English Dictionary as it "Seems to be Catching on"

The word "tweet" has been around for quite some time, as it historically refers to that whistling sound some birds do. However, the Oxford English Dictionary is now adding it as a noun and verb, describing it as meaning "to post (a message, item of information, etc.) on Twitter." Read More >>

Oxford English Dictionary Editor's Secret Rampage to Remove Foreign Words

A former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary staged a bizarre secret battle on foreign words over many years, deleting thousands of them from OED supplements -- and blaming his predecessors for the linguistic vandalism. Read More >>

Picture Dictionary Replaces Definitions With the First Image Returned From a Google Search

It won't help you improve your vocabulary, but Ben West and Felix HeyesGoogle dictionary will keep you up to speed on internet fads and memes. That's because instead of definitions, the book's pages are populated with Google Image search results. Read More >>


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