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2014-05-20 06:34:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every year, the major dictionaries (Oxford English Dictionary, Mirriam-Webster, etc.) add new words that have gained in popularity. For example, in 1998, "D'oh!" from the Simpsons was added to the Oxford English Dictionary with a very official sounding definition to explain this word that essentially meant "oh that was stupid" in common usage. On Monday, Mirriam-Webster released its list of the 150 new words being added to America's...

2014-03-06 08:29:23

The popular Dictionary.com Android app now features a robust Learner's Dictionary, with vocabulary-mastering tools needed to achieve success in any school or professional field OAKLAND, Calif., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "If you want to surpass your rivals," The Harvard Business Review wrote in 2012, commanding the global language of English is "no longer a matter of choice." Dictionary.com today helps students and aspiring English speakers make that choice easier with the addition of a...

Oxford's 2013 Word Of The Year May Leave You Snapping A 'Selfie'
2013-11-19 13:20:33

[ Watch the Video: Selfie Named 2013's Word Of The Year ] Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Oxford Dictionaries has just announced the new “Word of the Year” for 2013. Interestingly enough, this newly included entry is not an entirely new word but one that first posed more than a decade ago. The new inclusion for “Word of the Year 2013” goes to “Selfie.” Via a blog post, the Oxford Dictionaries announced the Word of the Year on Monday: “It’s...

2013-10-24 23:22:46

A cross between Instagram and Wikipedia, Leximo is a user collaborated dictionary application that allows people all over the world to create, submit and share their own definitions for words with others all over the world. Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 24, 2013 Leximo (http://www.leximo.org) has officially published the second version of its iPhone dictionary application to the Apple (AAPL) App store. The second release marks a historical step for dictionaries in the 21st century. The...

2013-09-30 23:21:37

eReflect confirms in its latest Ultimate Vocabulary™ blog post that pop culture has more and more influence on the new word lists added in the official online Oxford dictionary. New York City, NY (PRWEB) October 01, 2013 Whether taking a selfie or starting a digital detox one thing is evident to many people: the Internet and technology are the two primary sources of new words recently added to the online Oxford Dictionary. According to eReflect’s latest blog post, this predominance of...

2013-06-27 23:04:57

Many people remain wary of taking crowdsourced websites as authoritative sources for information. But Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia see repeated use in courtrooms, and Everspark Interactive experts say they can be counted on – for the right purposes. (PRWEB) June 27, 2013 Webster's Dictionary is no longer the authoritative source on what words mean, at least not in courtrooms. Recent court cases have increasingly seen the admission of definitions from the Urban Dictionary,...

2013-06-20 23:19:24

In response to an article published by the Chicago Tribune, social media agency fishbat discusses the impact of the expansion of the Oxford English Dictionary to include Twitter vocabulary. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) June 20, 2013 On June 20, social media agency fishbat examines the impact of the addition of Twitter terminology to the Oxford English Dictionary, as reported in a Chicago Tribune article. According to the article published by the Chicago Tribune, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)...

2013-05-13 23:22:11

A Speaking Handheld Library of Language Learning Burlington, NJ (PRWEB) May 13, 2013 Franklin Electronic Publishers today announced its most in-depth visual and auditory tool for language learning available in a pocket handheld -- Gran Maestro Spanish-English Language Master bi-lingual dictionary. “With its 2.8 inch color touch screen, the Gran Maestro handheld, or ℠Great Teacher´ puts a bookshelf of English and Spanish language knowledge at your fingertips,” said...

2013-03-29 23:00:36

After centuries of assimilating words from other languages, English is becoming an influence on those same languages. Spanish is an example of this new trend; linguists in Spanish-speaking countries now recognize various English words as part of the legitimate Spanish lexicon with no changes to spelling or pronunciation. New York City, NY (PRWEB) March 30, 2013 Software developers eReflect, the creators of Ultimate Spelling, announce that words from the English language are gaining...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'