The Oxford Dictionary of New Words

 

# Paperback: 368 pages
# Publisher: Oxford University Press; N.e.of 2r.e. edition (1 Feb 1999)
# Language English
# ISBN-10: 0198602359
# ISBN-13: 978-0198602354

The new edition of this popular dictionary, now available in paperback, tells the story of around 2,000 words and phrases prominent in the media or the public eye in the ’80s and ’90s. Covering words from all around the English-speaking world, it includes entries on Aga saga, Archie, Britpop, car bra, ecological footprint, feminazi, Japanimation, loved-up, mosh, Olestra, pink pound, waitron, youthism, and zaitech.

The articles provide intriguing explanations of the meaning and origin of each expression and the story behind it, with a wide range of illuminating quotations. The date of the first recorded usage of each word is given, along with any new derivatives it has generated. Graphic icons show the areas of life in which each word is used, highlighting words, for example, from sport, lifestyle and leisure, technology, computing, and people and society.

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