Grammar and Word News

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Brain Fart, Bants and Fur Baby Added to Oxford Online Dictionary (August 31, 2015): The Oxford Dictionaries have added brain fart, bants, fur baby, blockchain and manic pixie dream girl to the online dictionary. They also added beer o'clock for some reason.

Vape is the Word of the Year (November 21, 2014): The Oxford Dictionaries have named vape as the word of the year. It beat out slacktivism and normcore.

Weird Al Yankovic Turns Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines into a Rant About Proper Grammar (July 15, 2014): Weird Al Yankovic does a spoof of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. He turns the raunchy anthem into Word Crimes, a hilarious rant on poor grammar and word use.

The Word Adorkable is Added to the Collins English Dictionary (June 16, 2014): The word that Zooey Deschanel made famous, adorkable, has been added to the Collins English Dictionary.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Adds Over 150 New Words, Including Tweep and Selfie (May 19, 2014): Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has added over 150 new words, including tweep, hashtag and selfie.

George R. R. Martin Tells Conan He Writes Using WordStar 4.0 (May 16, 2014): George R. R. Martin tells Conan that he writes using WordStar 4.0, which is ancient word processing software.

Geocache is First Fan-Voted Playable Word in Scrabble (April 13, 2014): Geocache has become the first fan-voted playable word in Scrabble. It beat out 15 other nominated words.

Oxford Dictionaries Names Selfie the Word of the Year (November 19, 2013): Selfie is the new word of the year, according to The Oxford Dictionaries.

Oxford Dictionaries Online Add Words Twerk, Babymoon and Selfie to its Lexicon (August 31, 2013): Babymoon, selfie, twerk and omishambles are all new words added to the Oxford online dictionary

School District's Error-Ridden Reading List Recommends Authors George Ornell and Emily Bonte (July 13, 2013): Long Island School District send out error-ridden reading list. Students were told to read The Great Gypsy instead of The Great Gatsby.

Oxford English Dictionary Adds Additional Meaning for Tweet to Dictionary (June 24, 2013): The Oxford English Dictionary has added an additional meaning for the word tweet to its dictionary.

Oxford Dictionaries Online Adds New Words Including Photobomb, Mwahahaha and Tweeps (August 23, 2012):

Bucket List, Gastropub, Earworm, Mash-up Among Merriam-Webster's New Words for 2012 (August 15, 2012):

Apostrophe Protection Society Condemns Waterstone's For Dropping Apostrophe (January 14, 2012):

American Dialect Society Names Occupy the 2011 Word of the Year (January 8, 2012):

The 2012 List of Banished Words and Phrases (December 30, 2011):

Merriam-Webster Adds 150 New Words for 2011 Including Tweet, Bromance and Parkour (August 31, 2011):

Lexicographers Create Lists of Endangered Words (August 23, 2011):

Concise Oxford English Dictionary Adds Retweet, Textspeak (August 19, 2011):

Oxford Dictionaries Online Adds Twittersphere, NSFW and ZOMG (June 3, 2011):