Posts Tagged ‘Oxford English Dictionary’

Of dog surfing; Monmouthpedia; and ‘bogans’…

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The dogs recently hit the surf in California for the 7th annual Loews Surf Dog Competition. This year saw more than 50 dogs showing their moves on the waves at Imperial Beach in San Diego - they are judged in a range of categories including small dogs, large dogs and tandems (sounds like a page out of Dr Seuss’ Go Dogs Go!) - as well as the setting of a number of new world records including one for the most dogs ever to ride on one board - 14.

The Welsh community of Monmouth - famous for being the birthplace of King Henry V - has become the world’s first “Wikipedia town”. The move, dubbed Monmouthpedia, means Wikipedia now hosts more than 700 articles about the town and means visitors can use their phones to scan barcodes at places like historical sites, schools, museums and pubs to bring up relevant articles in a range of languages.

• The word ‘bogan’ has reportedly officially entered the Oxford English Dictionary. The dictionary’s June list of new word entries has apparently included the word which it defines as being Australian and New Zealand colloquial “depreciative term for unfashionable, uncouth, or unsophisticated person, esp. of low social status”.

Heart symbol makes the dictionary; a less tiring round of golf; and, police looking for that someone special in China…

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The heart symbol (meaning to love) has entered the Oxford English Dictionary as one of more than 45,000 new words and meanings added to the latest version of what is considered by many to be the most authoritative English language dictionary in the world. Among the other new entries are “Tinfoil hat” (used with allusion to the belief that such a hat will protect the wearer from mind control or surveillance); the 10 or five or one “second rule” (allowing for the eating of a delicious morsel that has fallen to the floor, provided that it is retrieved within the specified period of time), and “IMHO” (in my humble opinion) as well as Australianisms “flat white” (a style of espresso drink with finely textured foamed milk) and “tragic” (a ‘boring or socially inept person, especially one with an obsessive interest or hobby).

Finding the walk between golf holes a bit hard lately? Forget the buggy, a course in Germany has introduced a 150 metre travelator to take golfers up an admittedly rather steep hill from the first green to the second tee. Known as the “magic carpet”, the travelator at the course in Schloss Auel Golf Club near Cologne reportedly works in all weather and starts automatically when a player - and buggy - hop on board. The introduction of the travelator has apparently met with the approval of the (one imagines, rather tired) club’s members.

It’s a busy life being a member of the police SWAT team in Beijing so there’s little time to find that someone special. To give officers a helping hand, police chiefs reportedly launched a match-making service at an annual Police Open Day recently, posting pictures of 54 unmarried recruits on large boards in a police station in the hope of catching the eye of some of the visitors. Such was the interest, police have already vowed to repeat the service in the future.

A rhino city; why we can play a vuvuzela but can’t go wurfing; and Jesus on tennis…

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

• We’ve already heard of island archipelagos designed to resemble palm trees or maps of the world. So why not a city shaped like a rhino in Africa? That’s the design planners in southern Sudan have reportedly come up with for their capital, the city of Juba, while a second city, Wau, is to be designed around the shape of a giraffe.

• We love words on StrangeSights, so we’re bringing you a couple of word-related stories. First up, comes the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English complete with freshly added words. The latest group (what to call a group of words - a paragraph?) include the ‘vuvuzela’, that annoying horn from South Africa, ‘cheeseball’ (something lacking taste, style or originality), ’staycation’ (a holiday at home), and the probably overdue term ‘climate change’. Meanwhile, staff at the Oxford English Dictionary have revealed some of the ‘words’ which never made it onto the hallowed pages. These reportedly include ‘wurfing’ (surfing the internet at work), ‘polkadodge’ (that awkward dance we have when trying to go around someone in the street), and ‘nonversation’ (a pointless chat).

• OK, it’s a little overdue but still worth mentioning. Seen on a sign outside a church in Wimbledon during the tennis championships this year: ‘What’s Jesus’ favorite score in tennis? Love all’. Have you come across any clever signs outside churches (or anywhere else for that matter?) Why not let us know?