The Oxford English dictionary has about 4 lakh words and is constantly updating them by including new words. There are a few entrants every year and it is not that very easy to include these new words. The latest that you will see of this famous dictionary is the Oxford English Dictionary 3, which will contain some new words, meanings and maybe even some quotations.
So, how does this work happen? Each word is carefully examined and revisions are made to improve the accuracy of the definitions, pronunciations, historical quotations etc. Well, now it’s guessing time. Can you guess the number of people involved in this activity? Don’t be surprised if you heard something like 300+ scholars, researchers, readers and consultants are a part of it. Yes, you read it absolutely right. The kind of man power that is involved in this revision activity is huge and so is the cost involved.
Here’s another tit-bit for you. The Oxford English Dictionary 3, which is going to be the latest edition, will be complete by about 2037, which is about 24years from now. Ain’t that a really long time? Well, knowing that the department receives about 200,000 entries every year, this wait of 24 years is pretty reasonable. Here are some words, which have been received and added by the department in its latest edition.
- Tweet – the social networking word tweet has found its way into the dictionary. It’s an internet slang meaning – posting on twitter, the social networking site.
- Flash mob – a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.
- Interoperability – it is the ability of diverse systems and organizations to work together.
- Parasomnia – are a category of sleep disorders that involve abnormal and unnatural movements, behaviours, emotions, perceptions and dreams that occur while falling asleep, sleeping, between sleep stages, or during arousal from sleep.
- Schlumpy – Unkempt and rumpled, less then put together. Road worn and sloppy. Tired
Well, good to introduce some new words to you. Cheers.