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Dictionary Of Idioms Gets Everybody On The Same Page

“If you’ve ever shot the breeze, had a heart-to-heart, or bent somebody’s ear — in fact, if you’ve ever talked at all — odds are you’ve used an idiom. These sometimes bizarre phrases are a staple of conversation, and more than 10,000 of them are collected in the latest edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, which came out this week. The new volume contains hundreds of new entries. Author Christine Ammer tells NPR’s Renee Montagne that idioms are added to the book based on how commonly they’re used. “I usually go by the frequency with which I hear them used and where I see them used in print,” she says. “There are some that simply jump out at you because they’re used so often, even though they may be of very early provenance.”

via NPR

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Oxford English Dictionary relaunch online version

Reuters – “The Oxford English Dictionarys OED online version was relaunched on Tuesday a decade after it first appeared on the internet.The new version contains 600,000 words, three million quotations and covers more than 1,000 years of the English language, organizers said.As well as providing words meanings, the online dictionary allows readers to trace the evolution of the language with the help of the Historical Thesaurus of the OED, which is fully integrated into OED Online.”

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Internet may phase out printed Oxford Dictionary

AP – ” It weighs in at more than 130 pounds, but the authoritative guide to the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, may eventually slim down to nothing. Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday so many people prefer to look up words using its online product that it’s uncertain whether the 126-year-old dictionary’s next edition will be printed on paper at all.”

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Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year

The list and the runner’s up

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Unfriend is Oxford Dictonary’s word of the year

Future Tense – “Today, Ammon Shea with Oxford University Press on why “unfriend” from the world of social media is the 2009 Word of the Year, and why “netbook,” “intexticated,” and “sexting” were also considered for the honor.”

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New Online Dictionary For Word Mavens

BookPatrol – “For wordsters with a yen for everything you ever needed to know about a word, the good ship lollipop has weighed anchor and it’s name is Wordnik, a new online dictionary that aims to have it all.

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Are Dictionaries Becoming Obsolete?

WSJ – “Dictionaries are, after all, giant databases of words compiled by lexicographers who investigate word usages and meanings. These days, however, Google is our database of meaning. Want to know how to spell assiduous? Type it incorrectly and Google will reply, in its kind-hearted way: “Did you mean: assiduous”? Why yes, Google, I did.” (via)

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Celebrating the OED in Oxford

Jacket Copy – “The Oxford English Dictionary — OED to friends — is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its 1928 completion next week in Oxford, England.”

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Simon Rabinovitch – “About 16,000 words have succumbed to pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Bumble-bee is now bumblebee, ice-cream is ice cream and pot-belly is pot belly.

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