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Oxford Languages Word of the Year 2020

2020 has been anything but ordinary, and this is a year which cannot be neatly accommodated into one single word. Download our Words of an Unprecedented Year report for the full story.


March 2021 update


Our latest update: over 1,400 new words, sub-entries, and revisions have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in our latest update, including gender pay gap, me-too, essential worker, and ally.

Release notes: learn more about the words added to the OED this quarter in our new word notes by OED Revision Editor, Jonathan Dent.
Release notes: read about the revision of shirttail in our blog post by OED Executive Editor, Graeme Diamond.
Release notes: discover how our pronunciation editors are documenting words containing an X in an article by Head of Pronunciations, Catherine Sangster.
Release notes: find out about the Bermudian English words that have been added to the OED this quarter in a fascinating article by Bermudian English consultant, Dr Rosemary Hall.


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