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  • 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.
  • Hi @ablanes844 / @ablanes887 It does look like you might have a new word in the making Well, fell free to forward the link to submit suggestions to the OED to anyone you think might be interested. Editors are normally quite happy to receive sug…
  • Hi @ablanes887 Interesting point you raised there, and good logic for the term 'Ronan'! However, Oxford Dictionaries are not prescriptive - they don't create or impose senses for words or expressions. The dictionaries record the use of the l…
  • Hi @smod485 'Oriented' is not the only correct option, as the verb 'to orientate' also exists, as a variation of 'to orient'. Have a look at its entry on the English Dictionary: Orientate I hope this helps, and apologies for the late reply!
  • Hi there @barriek . It looks as though you were looking at our en.oxforddictionaries.com site, rather than the OED (the Oxford English Dictionary). Information about the difference between the two (and the process of adding new words!) can be foun…
  • Hi @norwegianblue Not to worry at all, and sorry it took us some time to address your question (we don't always manage to be on top of all the questions)! I hope you don't mind, but I merged the two threads so there is no duplicate question - but…
  • Hi @vdalby658 Welcome to the community! In reply to your question, Oxford Dictionaries aim to record the actual use people make of words, provided there is enough evidence for a particular word or sense. Considering this, slang, urban and text…
  • Hi @JusticeForAlmonds (Danny and friends), I thought you would like to know that your post has sparked the idea for an Oxford Dictionaries blog post, which has just gone live: Is almond milk really milk?
    in Almond Milk! Comment by Simone July 2018
  • Hi @mnegi90 Thank you for your question, it's an interesting one. Stylistically, I prefer your first option, although the second wouldn't be wrong. However, it looks like you should use 'is' instead of 'are', assuming the application and appro…
    in Usage Comment by Simone July 2018
  • Hi @Allsop I would go for your second option there, but without the comma. If you prefer your first option, then I think you should move the coma to after the brackets and before 'think'. In any case, have a look at this article from our English…
  • Hi @mtalukder618 Welcome to our community! So this has to do with how the word sounds whey you say it, and not with the way it is spelt. If you pronounce it with a vowel sound, you need to use an (an egg, for example). Now both university and…