Posts tagged "dictionary"

“Cisgender” Is Now Defined In The Oxford English Dictionary

The O.E.D. has made cis people just another identity rather than the norm; the kidnapped Nigerian girls are being forced to fight for Boko Haram; find out the differences between male and female serial killers.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 29, 2015

Working Moms Are Good For Their Kids, Says Harvard Study

Plus, celebrate the life of artist Miriam Schapiro, who passed away this week.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 25, 2015

“Cunt” Is Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

… along with cunting, cunted and cunty.  [TIME]
Check out Anita Hill on “The Daily Show” and make sure not to miss my interview with Freida Lee Mock, the director of the new documentary “ANITA,” about Hill’s life. [The Daily Show]
Why Sheryl Sandberg’s “ban ‘bossy'” campaign isn’t such a hot idea.

Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2014

All The Crazy ’90s Slang Express Wants You To Know

Mall retailer Express was really cutting edge in ’90s, so much so that it created a special “slang” guide for its employees, (presumably) so they could fluently converse with any and all manner of customer. But given that this manual was created in the late ’90s, during the era of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and party…

Julie Gerstein / June 4, 2012

Frisky Dictionary: Sexenschadenfreude

Sometimes there are no words for the way you are feeling, and you just have to come up with one instead. Usually, the Germans are my go-to people for words to describe things you can’t really describe in English, because hello, they’ve got awesome terms like zeitgeist and gestalt and kindergarten (okay, maybe not that…

Julie Gerstein / April 26, 2012

16 Words And Phrases We Want To Retire In 2010

It’s the end of the year and we’re sweeping out our closet — and that includes annoying words and phrases that we’re just so over. After the jump, we give you the ten most headache-inducing words of 2010. Let’s not bring them into the new year, shall we? And tell us what words you never…

Julie Gerstein / December 16, 2010

Dictionaries Going The Way Of The Dinosaurs: Oxford Says No More Print Editions

Thanks in part to the ubiquitousness of computers, kids no longer know how to write in cursive — and soon they will also probably stop using actual books. The Oxford English Dictionary announced this week that it will no longer be publishing a print edition and will only be available online.

Julie Gerstein / August 31, 2010

Jeggings Make Their Way Into the Dictionary, Really

As the hours of 2009 slip away, end-of-year lists are clogging up the internet, and everyone’s become nostalgic about the end of another decade. The year has seen some crazy trends, especially the obsession with leggings in all forms. Though we’ve poked fun at mashing two words together to create a new term for crazy…

Bianca Posterli / December 30, 2009

Are You A Procrasturbater?

In this week’s Savage Love column, a guy (for convenience, I’m assuming it was a dude, but it could have been a woman) wrote in saying he’d coined the clever term “procrasturbation” and wanted help getting it into dictionaries. Procrasturbation, he explained, means “to waste time by pleasuring yourself.” He said he wrote Merriam-Webster back…

Wendy Atterberry / October 15, 2009

Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Frenemy,’ ‘Locavore,’ And ‘Staycation’ To The Dictionary

The kind editors over at Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary have updated the tome, adding in about 100 new words. Some of the words that made the cut: frenemy, webisode, waterboarding, locavore, vlog, flash mob, shwarma, green-collar, staycation, and reggaeton. To get added to the dictionary, editors have to see evidence that lots of people are using…

Merriam-Webster Redefines Marriage

The dictionary has decided to be more inclusive than the US government. The definitive Merriam-Webster tome has redefined marriage as:”(1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of…

Simcha / March 19, 2009

The Daily Squeeze: “Meh,” Sexual Harassment, And A Call Girl’s Apology

“Meh” will be added to the Collins English Dictionary in next year’s 30th anniversary edition. [AP]
Employees who experienced workplace sexual harassment were found to have lower levels of job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and job performance. [Medical News Today]
Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s call girl Ashley Alexandra Dupre apologized to his wife, Silda…

Catherine Strawn / November 21, 2008

DicKtionary: A Guide To The Lingo Of DListed’s Michael K

Michael K, our favorite gossip blogger/gay-at-large, has his own lexicon. On his site, Dlisted, he coins turns of phrase even more legendary and outrageous than the crazy cast of characters he covers on his beat. Basically, the K is the Merriam-Webster of celeb smack talk! So in honor of his juicy jargon, we’ve assembled some…

Simcha / November 18, 2008