August 28, 2013 |
If you were scandalized by Miley Cyrus' performance Sunday at the VMAs, get ready to have your shock codified in the English language. Oxford Dictionaries Online has formally announced that it's adding "twerking" as the newest verb to its ledger, as part of its quarterly update to its online resources. The formal definition? "Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance. " MTV VMAs 2013: Show Highlights | Best & Worst It joins other pop-culture effluvia like "selfie," "derp," "digital diet" and "Bitcoin" as new additions to the palette of modern language in the online edition.
August 28, 2013 |
The latest sign that the apocalypse is nigh arrived Wednesday when the eggheads behind Britain's Oxford Dictionaries announced plans to add four words that are hard to say without gagging a little. But, for the sake of illuminating our readers, we shall do our best to share them here. For, lo, their ascension into the mainstream reveals so much about the decline and fall of pop culture. Brace yourself. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far Selfie : This refers to the smartphone self-portraits that people take.
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June 30, 2013 |
British futurist James Martin, who predicted the ubiquity of computers and foretold the rise of the Internet in "The Wired Society," a 1978 book that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has died near his private island in Bermuda. He was 79. Authorities in the British territory said Thursday that an autopsy is pending for Martin, whose body was found by a kayaker in waters near the author's home. Police have said they do not believe a crime is involved. While on sabbatical from IBM in 1977, Martin made his first million dollars traveling the world and lecturing business executives on the coming computer revolution.
June 17, 2013 |
In the latest sign that social media is changing the way we speak and behave, the Oxford English Dictionary announced the inclusion of the definition of the word "tweet" in its latest update. John Simpson, the dictionary's chief editor, said "tweet" was added despite not having yet been used for 10 years, which is one rule the dictionary considers before adding a new word. But as Simpson says, the word "seems to be catching on. " The Oxford English Dictionary officially defines "tweet" as "a posting made on the social networking service Twitter" and as a verb, it is defined as "to post on Twitter.
May 15, 2013 |
Here ye, all you secret lovers of 19th century pornography. The august and decidedly non-pornographic Oxford English Dictionary needs your assistance. As the Guardian reports , the search began when one of the OED's teams of researchers began working on the dictionary's entry for “revirginize.” It's a verb whose earliest reference is in a very hard-to-find, quite possibly underground work of erotica published in 1852. Said book, titled “The Meanderings of Memory,” was written by an author who went by the handle of “Nightlark.” In all, some 51 OED definitions contain quotations from “The Meanderings of Memory,” including the noun “couchward,” (I have no idea what that means)
April 23, 2013 |
At the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Kelly Oxford sat down with Times columnist Robin Abcarian to talk about her book “Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar,” the Twitter star's first collection of humorous essays. VIDEO: AUTHOR INTERVIEWS FROM FESTIVAL OF BOOKS The book is about "things that have happened that in my life that were mostly horrifying but I found the humor in them," she says. She liked reading books by David Sedaris and Chelsea Handler, she explains, because of the stories that are both depraved and funny.