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Hobby words

SimoneSimone admin
edited July 2018 in New words and word trends

Can you help us to identify and record the words, phrases, and expressions particular to your hobby or pastime?

You know that feeling you get when you’re telling someone about your favourite hobby—perhaps you’re a quilter, a ballroom dancer, a gamer, or a caver—but every other word you use is greeted with a blank look? Doesn’t everyone know what a fat quarter, a heel turn, or an ear dipper is? Maybe not, but if a term is in common use within a particular community then it is a candidate for inclusion in the OED, and we would love to hear about it! That’s why we’re asking for your help in identifying and recording the vocabulary of all your hobbies and pastimes.

The words and phrases used by people when talking about a shared hobby or pastime can be little-known to outsiders, and are often interesting coinages with unique histories. So whether you’re a bee-keeper or a train-spotter, a knitter, gamer, brewer, or a collector of any sort, the OED would like to hear from you. Please use the form below to tell us about the unique vocabulary relating to your hobby or pastime. We are particularly interested in slang words and phrases, as opposed to technical terms, as the former are harder to trace in print and so are less likely to have come already to the attention of dictionary editors. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #hobbywords.

Tell us your hobby words!


  • LumenasaLumenasa
    edited July 2018

    I agree with you that every lesson has a specific influence in phrases and words that a person uses. Whether it's technical specialty or special terms. I can say that most of these terms can be learned from specialists of such spheres, especially if they are native speakers of this language. It's like the aggregator of foreign language courses that my friend passed. He studied the Chinese language for successful business and is now quite successful in dealing with the real Chinese. This is very surprising for me personally.

  • My hobby is UI developer I like it very much.

  • siterayansiterayan
    edited September 2018

    Wow, this is very interesting article man. Keep it up. thanks for the friend's information

  • edited October 2018

    I've been looking for this kind of article and i'm feeling great on reaching this post. keep it up man and waiting more like this article.

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