Time for a new Canadian Dictionary?

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary has not been updated since 2004 and the entire staff of the dictionary at Oxford University Press was laid off in 2008 (and the editor Katherine Barber sadly died last year). This means that any Canadianisms that arose in the last 18 years are not recorded in an exclusively Canadian dictionary:

Canada’s English dictionary hasn’t been updated in almost 2 decades. What does that say about us? | CBC News

However, Sali Tagliamonte of the the University of Toronto is consulting with the OED on Canadians and in the 2020 edition of that dictionary 31 words (mainly from northern Ontario) were added.

A new dictionary is a huge investment of money and labor, but it is sorely needed.


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Bronze age migrations: Does DNA suggest how Celtic arrived in Britain?


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“Y’all”, “You-uns”, “You guys” — Which do you prefer?

The English language lost the distinction between singular and plural addressees about 1700, but this hasn’t prevented speakers from restoring the distinction in various ways. “Y’all” seems to be spreading from the southern US to other parts of the US and even globally:

Why Is Everyone Suddenly Saying ‘Y’All’?

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Zadie Smith translates Chaucer’s Middle English for play about Wife of Bath


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OED new words 2021: the language of climate change


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The term “BIPOC” – a couple of different views

Debates about terminology involve complex and important issues. Here are two views about the term “BIPOC”:


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Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Year 2021: Vax


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What is the effect of emojis?

Research shows that sentences containing emojis can be processed very quickly, but “sentences” consisting entirely of emojis cannot. Thus, they will never replace text. This article argues that emojis function much like tones of voice, hand gestures, facial expressions, etc. in a text-based system.


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Franco-Ontarian French

There are interesting effects of English on the French spoken in Sudbury:

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Appalachian English

Listen to this very interesting podcast about the new historical dictionary of Southern Appalachian English:

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