‘Star Wars’ Terminology Added to Oxford English Dictionary

‘Star Wars’ Terminology Added to Oxford English Dictionary

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In recent years, the Oxford English Dictionary has been the center of of linguistic controversy, due to their unconventional additions to the compendium. For example, in 2015 the OED announced that the recipient of their coveted ‘Word of The Year’ title was the ‘Face With Tears of Joy’ emoji.   Image via CNN   Oxford stated that the emoji was chosen, because it was the ‘word’ that “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015,” though it wasn’t met without opposition.     Today’s controversy, however, is being received much more positively. OED released a list of all the …

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

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Tolkien and Lewis were both in residence at Oxford for many years, studying and teaching both. They were also close friends, even though they disagreed on almost everything. Sure, they had a shared interest in language, and in what we now call fantasy, but they disagreed on religion, and on the tones of their books. There are also a lot of stories about their friendship, few confirmed, but all amazing. Here are our favorites!   1. The Lamppost   Image via Dissolve   There’s a story that says Lewis specifically put the lamppost in Narnia because Tolkien said a good …

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

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Tolkien and Lewis were both in residence at Oxford for many years, studying and teaching both. They were also close friends, even though they disagreed on almost everything. Sure, they had a shared interest in language, and in what we now call fantasy, but they disagreed on religion, and on the tones of their books. There are also a lot of stories about their friendship, few confirmed, but all amazing. Here are our favorites!   1. The Lamppost   Image via Dissolve   There’s a story that says Lewis specifically put the lamppost in Narnia because Tolkien said a good …

When I See the Oxford Comma

When I See the Oxford Comma

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Look, I get it. This is the modern world. This is the internet. Punctuation and spelling are fluid and evocative. The linguistics of the internet are fast moving and instinctive, and I love that. But let’s talk about Oxford comma. I know we’re not passionate about actually using punctuation here. Every time I see someone use a period at the end of a text, I feel the kind of primordial fear I thought was reserved for life or death situations. And don’t get me started on the most ominous punctuation choices of all…..   Sure, it’s the serif font of …