Spring is in the air on the calendar, and the Oxford English Dictionary Online has made its first quarterly update of 2013. The OED Online includes “more than 600,000 words”—the full text of the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary plus all of the revision work that has been done for the new edition. What’s noticeable from the latest update?
Though some will not be impressed, reasonable Trekkies will find it logical that Vulcan has joined Klingon in the OED. Casual watchers of the Olympics might lament that the verb form of podium is now included, though it’s been on the editors’ radar since early August 2012 when preliminary research dated its use to more than 20 years ago. The adjective form, braggadocious, can now boast of its place beside the noun form, braggadocio. It’s still inadvisable, however, for Vulcans who podium to be braggadocious in front of Klingons.
The audio and blue sections have a number of new entries and sub-entries. The smart entries have also been significantly expanded in recent updates and now include Smarties, which are a kind of candy but not the one that Americans are probably thinking of. The OED’s Smarties are “sugar-coated milk chocolate buttons.” You can also turn to the OED for the definition of smart quotes, “which are automatically interpreted and displayed as opening or closing marks.” Except when they’re not. And then copyeditors and proofreaders correct them.