Latest online update: June 2011The latest revisions to the OED look at a range of high-profile terms from across the disciplines. There are some big scientific terms: ‘brain’, for instance, and all the ‘crystal-’ words. We are handling a higher proportion of scientific words today than we did a hundred years ago and the ‘auto-‘ words bridge the gap between scientific and non-scientific vocabulary.
Other major entries just revised include ‘woman’, ‘gender’, ‘environment’, ‘green’, ‘urban’, ‘Irish’, ‘Scottish’, ‘Welsh’, ‘baby’, the initial letter ‘A’ (with its abbreviations and initialisms), and ‘use’, and all of their related phrases, derivative, compounds, and surrounding entries.
There are over 1840 newly revised and updated entries in all. Read more about the revisions in the June update from the Chief Editor of the OED John Simpson.
The June update also adds new words from across the dictionary. These include auto-complete n. , babe n., brain candy n. , cryonaut n, environmentally unfriendly adj. , gender reassignment n. green fuel n. to laugh it up at laugh v., urb n. , and dating back, perhaps surprisingly, as far as 1887 use it or lose it at use v.. Read more about the new words in the June 2011 update and see the complete list.
The OED publishes four updates a year. The next update will be added to the dictionary in September 2011.
In December 2010 the OED online relaunched with new functionality and the addition of the Historical Thesaurus of the OED, read Welcome to the new OED Online notes about the featured changes.
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Here is a smattering of the OED's newly approved terms:
Brain, being the rather important entity it is, has been given new subentries this time around. These include brain candy, meaning "broadly appealing, undemanding entertainment which is not intellectually stimulating." You may be familiar with its cousins eye-candy and ear candy.
New scientific terms also include cryonaut: "A person who is cryogenically preserved with a view to being revived in the distant future." There will, presumably, be a photo of Austin Powers alongside this entry in any future print editions.
There are also more technological terms like auto-complete—which, as any kid who's used Google can tell you, is "a software feature that uses text already entered in a given field to predict or generate the characters the user is likely to enter next."
Gender reassignment, meaning "the process of a person adopting the physical characteristics of the opposite sex by means of medical procedures such as surgery or hormone treatment," is now included, perhaps given more clout by people like Chaz Bono.
Environmentally unfriendly has been added, though it does not (funny as it would be) refer to someone who is rude while recycling, but rather to something "designed, produced, or operating in a way that causes, or does not minimize, harm to the natural environment."
And two familiar slang terms that have made it into the benchmark dictionary are to laugh it up (which one uses "to suggest an impending reversal of fortune," as in, "Go on. Laugh it up. But you'll see. You'll all see.") and use it or lose it, which OED defines simply as, "an admonition."
(For a full list of terms, check the OED's "What's new" portion of their site.)
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