As you are probably aware, our contemporary English content is now available through Lexico.com (https://www.lexico.com/en), and our old English dictionary site no longer exists.

As a result of this, this forum is now closed.

The English dictionary community team would like the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all of you who participated by posting questions and helping other community members.
We hope this forum was useful, and that you enjoyed being a part of it.

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And if you would like to contribute suggestions to the OED, please do so by visiting: https://public.oed.com/contribute-to-the-oed/

Thank you very much indeed, and good bye!
The community team

Comments

  • Hi @gdsevernUSA Many thanks for flagging this up to our attention. I will forward this internally to the right people for their consideration. Please note that I might not be able to get back to you with any outcomes, as the editors have a high volume of suggestions to review, so they are not able to reply individually to…
  • Hi @2TWarren The OED editors always appreciate getting suggestions (when backed by evidence), so if you want to send this to them, please use the form on this page: https://public.oed.com/contribute-to-the-oed/ Of course I can't promise every suggestion is included on the dictionary, but they are certainly considered. :)
  • Hi @weilderofwords This is all better explained in more detail here: Our English and Spanish sites have relocated But briefly, the English and Spanish websites which were managed by OUP no longer exist, as we have partnered with Dictionary.com and are now providing the content of those two dictionaries to them (and…
  • Hi @weilderofwords I hear your frustration, but I'm afraid fixing these things is now completely outside my (or my colleagues') control. As I mentioned above, we no longer host our free English and Spanish dictionary sites, we merely supply the content to Lexico.com, which is not an OUP site.
  • @DavidCrosbie All the content that has the Powered by Oxford logo displayed on the page (as on the screenshot below) is provided by us. Have a great weekend!
  • Hi @weilderofwords I think this would be very helpful. Do you mind suggesting this directly to them? I have no behind-the-scenes access to their site at all, as we are just providing the content. But here is the link to their contact form: https://www.lexico.com/en/contact-us I think you've got a good point there and this…
  • Hi @weilderofwords, @DavidCrosbie Please have a look at this post: Our English and Spanish sites have relocated - it will explain why we are now being re-directed to Lexico. Regarding the issue @weilderofwords flagged up, I think this from their FAQs and About information can help clarify things: When looking up a word in…
  • 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 this link for submitting suggestions to the OED. But as I mentioned above there…
  • 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 about similar endpoints (although not maybe not exactly what you are trying to…
  • 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 suggestion here, where you can provide evidence for the amendment you are…
  • 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 broken. Enjoy our English community! :)
    in Greetings! Comment by Simone May 2019
  • 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 that you ever wanted edited or deleted, you can always contact myself of one of…
    in Greetings! Comment by Simone May 2019
  • 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. An OED entry will be amended depending on whether the evidence submitted is…
  • 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 of suggestions. An OED entry will be amended depending on whether the evidence…
  • 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 to receive leads on new word trends. You are very welcome to send your suggestion…
  • 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 2019
  • 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 of the record of the language. It does not mean the dictionary is suggesting…
  • 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 senses for words or expressions, nor do we create the example sentences which are…
  • 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. As is noted with reference to the OED pronunciation, the /j/ is an optional…
  • 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 person able to answer these questions, but I'm certainly the point of contact. So…
  • 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 evolve all the time, and a new word or sense will be added to the dictionary when…
  • 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 dictionaries are not prescriptive - they don't create or impose senses for words or…
  • 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 the original discussion, I hope you don't mind. When a comment relates to an…
  • 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: this will be found on the Oxford Dictionary of English (OED), as it is 'a…
  • 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 will be able to see the pronunciation information. I hope this helps! :)