change, one word at a time

November 25, 2020

If you are a writer, linguist, lexicographer, sociolinguist, language technologist, word enthusiast, or someone interested in how languages evolve, you may be interested in the fascinating, free, downloadable Words of an Unprecedented Year report from Oxford University Press.

In addition, there will be a free webinar, Words of an unprecedented year: Behind the scenes of the Oxford Languages’ Word of the Year 2020, on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 7:00am Pacific. It will be recorded and available for later viewing. Registration is required.

awesomesauce, adj.

May 15, 2020

If you are tiring of your own vocabulary, consider subscribing to OED Online Word of the Day. As self-isolation, flatten the curve, and social distancing have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, the daily dose of words includes both antiquated and charming selections. Consider: awfulize, begrudgery, femina (‘The long pale feathers from the wing tips of a female ostrich, used as decorative plumes’), ombrogenous, wallydraigle, and (a favorite) o (‘Used to symbolize a hug’). Your spell-check won’t like it, but you might!

someone you know?

January 14, 2020

If you subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day, you already know that today’s word is the noun musophobist: A person who dislikes or mistrusts poetry.

Word of the Day is free. Sign up at

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