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  • Hi @akumar694 I think you are referring to a tweet showing this word as if being from our dictionary. We can confirm that the image showing the entry 'Modilie' is fake and does not exist in any of our Oxford Dictionaries.
  • Hi @rokridge The editors are always very happy to receive leads on new word trends. When there is enough evidence of a new word or sense, it can be considered for inclusion in the OED. You are very welcome to send your suggestion in by using t…
  • Hi @RuthNewby It looks like your question is more appropriate for our API forum (you should be able to use the same login details there, but you will need to enter your details again for it to work). Coincidentally, there was a recent question…
  • Hi @gwadding872 It's an interesting point you raised there. Just to complement my colleague's comment, the OED editors are always happy to receive suggestions of how definitions should be amended and updated. There is a form for submitting a sug…
  • Hi again @Sesquipedalian There was indeed a bug on the search function (so thanks again for calling our attention to it!), which has now been fixed by the technical support team. Of course, let us know if you notice anything else that seems broke…
    in Greetings! Comment by Simone May 10
  • Hi @Sesquipedalian Apologies for the late reply, but welcome to our community! I hope you find it useful. In reply to your questions, unfortunately members do not have the possibility of editing or deleting posts. However, if there is anything …
    in Greetings! Comment by Simone May 9
  • Hi @redslider, Thank you for having submitted a suggestion for the OED, the editors always appreciate this sort of feedback. Unfortunately they are not able to get back to people individually because they receive thousands of suggestions. A…
  • Hi @hogang Oh, thank you for having submitted a suggestion for the OED. The editors always appreciate evidence for antedating words very much, but unfortunately they are not able to get back to people individually because they receive thousands…
  • Hi @HarryAudus As @DavidCrosbie mentioned above, when there is enough evidence of a new word or sense, it can be considered for inclusion in the OED. Unfortunately, there are indeed gaps in the dictionary, so the editors are always very happy …
  • Hi @cdcowap that's very interesting, it looks like this is a dialect word. Here is its entry from the OED:
    in Thrutch Comment by Simone February 21
  • Hi @jaswindersingh As I mentioned in my comment above, I'm afraid there is no transcription available.
  • Hi @Cmbmedic No, unfortunately there is no transcription of the session, I'm afraid.
  • Nice to 'meet' you too, @LauraChang2007 This is your space to discuss any English related topics you wish, so feel free to use it! Welcome!
    in Hi Comment by Simone December 2018
  • Hi @VeronicaHoliday I appreciate your concern, but just clarify, the dictionary merely records words and the way people use them. You will find offensive and rude words in it, but they are labelled as such and are included because they are part …
  • Hi @nwells85 @skhaliq80 @Sakhalingirl That's a good point you all raised there, and an interesting discussion. About the example sentence from the OED mentioned by @skhaliq80: Our dictionaries are not prescriptive - we don't create or impose …
  • Hi @BarryCusack, @DavidCrosbie I hope you're both well. I've now heard back from my colleagues in the editorial team, here is the reply I've got: Susurration: Our audio pronunciations should indeed be an accurate rendering of the transcription…
  • Hi @BarryCusack, @DavidCrosbie My apologies for joining this discussion so late! @BarryCusack, many thanks for flagging this up - I've got in touch with the editors, hopefully I'll be able to get back to you soon! @DavidCrosbie, I'm not the pers…
  • Hi @Turjohasan Oxford Dictionaries are not prescriptive - they don't create or impose senses for words or expressions. The dictionaries record the use of the language, i.e. the way people use words and phrases. Of course languages change and evo…
  • Hi @Amphibio Interesting, I was not aware that this old spelling had been revived to refer to plant milks (or should I write mylks?). As for including this new sense int he dictionary, it will depend on how much this usage catches on. Our dict…
  • Hi @sahitya As I mentioned above, I'm not sure you can get it as a list, but if you look up a word definition, you will get information about the origins of a word, when available (e.g. see the definition of 'pyjamas'). I merged your post with…
  • Hi @mikomijadeskywalker Oh, this is a very interesting topic! Have a look at this page, you will find the answer to your first two questions there: How our dictionaries are created Regarding the record of the development of the language: t…
  • Hi @Ritsu Have a look at this, you might find it useful: We were stood at the bar talking about continuous tenses. . .
  • Hi @vincitygialampark Both the OED and the dictionary of current English offer the pronunciation key - both the phonetic notation and audio recordings. The word you mentioned is not an entry on its own, but Oxonian is. If you open the link, you …
  • Hi @askfriends Just a quick note to say that we forwarded the point you raise here internally (and thank you, by the way). Sometimes it takes a while before we can hear from other teams/departments, so I thought I'd let you know so it doesn't loo…
  • Hi @smilesmile Sorry for the late reply to your question, but thanks for raising this point - it is one that does cause confusion! As a general rule, you are correct (-ize would be the preferred American spelling) but have a look at this article …
  • Hi @sahitya Could you please detail a bit more what you need? I'm not sure I understand, but are you talking about words originated from Indian languages which are used in English? If this is the case, I'm not quite sure you can get it as a list…
  • Hi @mchristianfamilytree Sorry for the late reply, but thanks for your question. In order to answer your question, I need to clarify the logic behind including words and their senses in the dictionary. The dictionary is descriptive, not prescr…
    in Race Comment by Simone October 2018
  • Hi @sgreenfield8 Oh, I'm glad you submitted a suggestion, the editors are always happy to get them When I said 'descriptive', I just meant that the dictionary describes the way people use words, by collecting evidence of their use. This is o…
  • Hi @sgreenfield8 I love the point you raised and I absolutely agree with you that the way words are used to describe women needs to be more positive. However, as @DavidCrosbie rightly pointed out, the dictionary is descriptive, not prescriptive. …
  • Hi @ablanes844 Yes, keep me posted, I find this quite interesting. About your two accounts, let me send you a private message about that.