The Fruit orange was first called orange by the French dating back to the 13th century. then 200 years later the orange color was announced by the Oxford dictionary. So the fruit came before the color. rd.com/article/orange-wor…
Today I learned of William Chester Minor a, major contributor to the Oxford Dictionary, turned insane murderer who eventually cut off his own penis with a knife en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1881 an Egyptian obelisk named Cleopatra's Needle was erected in NYC's Central Park. A capsule buried beneath holds the 1870 census, a Bible, a Webster’s Dictionary, the complete works of Shakespeare, a guide to Egypt, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. centralparknyc.org/locati…
English word with the most meanings is the word β€˜set’ with 430 senses in the Oxford English Dictionary. It also has the longest entry at 60,000 words. thesprucecrafts.com/which…
The phrase "state-of-the-art" did not originally mean "technologically advanced". The phrase was documented in the Oxford Dictionary in 1910, and referred to the current state of a technology. The term "art" is tied to patent law and indicative of a novel or inventive step. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Australia's first published Dictionary was dedicated to 'Convict Slang' abc.net.au/news/2019-08-2…
The word 'SET' has the most meanings with 430 senses listed in the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. The word commands the longest entry in the dictionary at 60,000 words, or 326,000 characters. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Words such as pyjamas, shampoo and thug are of Indian origin. Around 900 words part of the Oxford English Dictionary are of Indian origin. bbc.com/news/magazine-187…
The term β€œwardrobe malfunction” was coined in 2004. Justin Timberlake first used it in an apology to Janet Jackson for the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, where Jackson’s breast was exposed. Media began using the term, and eventually it was added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
On 2015, Oxford Dictionaries named Face with Tears of Joy Emoji (πŸ˜‚) as the word of the year. pbs.org/newshour/nation/o…
The Oxford Junior Dictionary removed around 50 words that have to do with the natural world, in order to replace them with more "modern" words for today's tech-savvy children. Some of the removed words include acorn, dandelion, heron, newt, and otter. theguardian.com/books/201…
The Guy That Wrote Webster's Dictionary, Knew 26 Languages sandiegouniontribune.com/…
In 2018 Webster's Dictionary added the word "embiggen" from the Simpsons season 7 businessinsider.com/embig…
A man from New Zealand memorized every french word in the french scrabble dictionary and won the French Scrabble Championship. He still doesn't speak any french. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
One of the largest contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary was William Chester Minor. Mr. Minor was a convicted murderer who, while working on the dictionary from his asylum cell, cut off his own penis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Samuel Johnson, of Dictionary fame, had a beloved black cat, Hodge. A statue of Hodge, sitting atop a dictionary, is outside Johnson's house in London, now a museum. Johnson admitted he had better cats, but described Hodge as "a very fine cat indeed," the inscription at the base of the statue. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Until the mid-1990s, jew (as a verb meaning to swindle) was an acceptable Scrabble word. It took a large letter writing campaign to get Milton Bradley to finally agree to change their dictionary. tabletmag.com/sections/ne…
The bulk of quotations in the Oxford English Dictionary were contributed by a murderer who severed his own penis, using a knife he had employed in his work on the dictionary. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The town of Zzyzx in California was named by a quack doctor to purposely be the last listing in any dictionary or atlas roadsideamerica.com/story…
The dictionary isn't as much an instruction guide to the English language, as it is a record of how people are using it. Words aren't added because they're OK to use, but because a lot of people have been using them. languages.oup.com/our-sto…
New Oxford American Dictionary added a fake word, esquivalience, to track plagiarism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
60% of all vocabulary in the modern Japanese dictionary are chinese loanwords en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
During the making of her first english album, Shakira had to use an english-spanish dictionary to be able to write songs because she could not speak the language yet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
"Cheese-eating surrender monkeys" is an insult used to refer to French people. It first appeared in the Simpsons (1995) when Willy says "Bonjoooouuurrr, ya cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys" to a French class. The term has since entered two Oxford Quotation Dictionaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
It took Noah Webster a total of 28 years to complete his dictionary webstersdictionary1828.co…
Cartographers protect their intellectual property by slipping fake streets, or even entire towns, into their maps. If the street/town shows up on another map, they know it was stolen. Dictionary writers have been known to do the same thing with fake words. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Oxford English Dictionary has included the informal use of the word "literally" in its official definition since 2011, and that use of the word "literally" to mean "figuratively" has been documented as far back as 250 years. telegraph.co.uk/education…
The phrase "dung-wet" (meaning very wet) was considered "obsolete" by the Oxford English Dictionary in the 1st edition (1897) but the phrase was unexpectedly found on Twitter, having survived to present day by speakers of Carribean English. public.oed.com/blog/dung-…
The Oxford English Dictionary wouldn't have been what it is today if not for an insane American Civil War surgeon who cut his penis off. He contributed thousands of quotations and word entries by writing from an asylum. hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
In 1934, the word β€œdord” was mistakenly added to the dictionary as a new scientific term for density. This was caused by an employee misinterpreting a note reading β€œD or d, cont./density”, and the mistake was not fixed until 1939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
The word that has the most definitions in the English language is "set" with 430 in total. The word "run" is expected to have 645 individual meanings in the next Oxford English Dictionary in 2037. insider.com/words-with-th…
Today I learned of William Chester Minor; one of the largest contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary who murdered a man at point-blank and was "not guilty by reason of insanity". He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent the next 38 years in a psychiatric hospital up until he died at age 85. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A "sporange" is a rare alternative form of sporangium, a botanical term for part of a fern. Found in the 20-Volume Oxford English Dictionary, it is the only perfect rhyme for the word "orange." lexico.com/explore/are-th…
New Zealander Nigel Richards memorised the French dictionary and won a French Scrabble competition. He does not speak French at all. cbc.ca/news/trending/man-…
38 elders helped a linguist compile a dictionary of the Klallam language and one contributed 12,000 words to the dictionary over the years. When it was released, KIallam people from all over turned out for the dictionary signing ceremony and some cradled the book like a baby seattletimes.com/seattle-…
A High Court judge had to utilize the Urban Dictionary to rule a copyright case, with judges puzzling over phrases such as β€œshizzle my nizzle” in court. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/enter…
In 2018, the word 'embiggen' from The Simpsons was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It has been used in research papers on String Theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The 2015 French Scrabble champion spoke no french, and instead memorized the French Scrabble dictionary 9 weeks before the tournament. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The name of the eponymous character "STAN" from Eminem's biggest hit song of the same name ,has given rise to a slang term online which refers to overzealous, maniacal, overly obsessed fans of a celebrity or personality; the term has since been included in the Oxford English Dictionary. vulture.com/2017/06/stan-…
Yale graduate William Chester Minor, who became one of the largest contributors for the compiling of the Oxford English Dictionary by providing usages of words from his antiquated book collection, was a clinically insane murderer who cut off his own penis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The made up word from a 1996 Simpsons episode "embiggen" was officially added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary in early March of 2018. wcyy.com/simpsons-diction…
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word β€œkinda” has been around since the early 20th century. It calls β€œwhatcha” a β€œnonstandard contraction.” β€œHafta,” on the other hand, is called β€œinformal”, while "lemme" is a "contraction" quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
The New Oxford American Dictionary made up the fake word "esquivalience" and inserted it into their dictionary. This false entry was included to expose any people who might copy Oxford's content and use it in their own work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, a dictionary of Latin founded on historical principles. Founded in 1894, it was thought it would take up to 20 years to complete. The work is still ongoing, and is now expected to be completed around the year 2050. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A man memorized the French dictionary to win the French Scrabble Championship, he does not speak French people.com/article/new-ze…
The Oxford English Dictionary was not only first completed in 1928, but an early volunteer contributor was a criminally insane American doctor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxf…
Through many objections Merriam-Webster added the word 'McJob' to their dictionary (2003), defining it as "a low-paying, low-prestige dead-end job that requires few skills and offers very little chance of intracompany advancement". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McJ…
Today I learned of the Grelling-Nelson Paradox, which states that since words can be either autological (apply to themselves -> e.g. the word noun is a noun) or heterological (the opposite-> the word long is not long), the word 'heterological' is the only word in the entire dictionary that is neither. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
IBM Had To Delete 'Urban Dictionary' Data from The Watson Super Computer System Because The Machine Started Cursing. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Americans used to say "alumin-ium" like the British, but the chemist who named the element couldn't make up his mind on how to spell it. This led to Webster's Dictionary printing it as "alumin-um", eventually causing American chemists to adopt the 'incorrect' spelling. worldwidewords.org/articl…

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