The Oxford English Dictionary has a fun little web toy that lets you see a word that was first used during the year of your birth. What's your birthday word?
Last week, the new edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary included words like sexting, retweet and mankini for the first time. This article explains the many weird changes that the dictionary went through since its first edition in 1911.
The stuffy old OED—the last word in what is and is not the English language—has decreed that <3 is a word. Or rather, the vertical version of that. It's the first time a symbol has been included as a word. Death of the English language? Natural lexicographic evolution? Just a way to screw with QWERTY keyboard makers?…