Has the Oxford Dictionary Word List Become a Hot Mess?

August 18, 2014  
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No one should be surprised, but yet we still are, at the slang and pop culture words that are making their way not only into our vocabulary, but now into the Oxford Dictionary. This interesting news came from the Oxford Dictionaries blog, OxfordWords, in their post, “Adorbs new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com – WDYT?”

Adorbs, humblebrag, and binge-watch are just a few of the new words going into OxfordDictionaries.com in this quarter. I suppose with the publication going online it is easier to add new words and therefore there is less of a filter or qualifying process. It is not my intention to set myself up as one of those antiquated people who resist change. I am actually very forward thinking and embrace new opportunities and challenges (cough cough), but that doesn’t lessen my dismay to know that one of the new words - catfish – isn’t the deep fried delicacy found in many southern restaurants.  It saddens me both that it is in the publication and that I know its duplicitous definition.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Records Management Specialist Needed

July 14, 2014  
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To be as helpful as possible to those in the fields of taxonomy, indexing, ontology, etc., we are sharing career opportunities that we find with our readers. Even if you are not in the market for a career move, it is always good to stay on top of what is available and how the fields are evolving.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Tennessee is looking for a Records Management Specialist. The successful applicant will be responsible for the development and implementation of an organizational-wide electronic records management program.

If you are looking to change positions, good luck on your search.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

Building Up The Data

June 27, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, reference

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) has added top humanities and social sciences journals to their searchable database. This discovery service is being used by Il Mulino, a leading academic publisher in Italy that offers the prominent journals from both Carocci Editore and Il Mulino via its online portal Rivisteweb. This content includes 45,000 articles from over 80 journals. This interesting information came from Digital Journal in their article, “Rivisteweb is Now Searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service.”

Rivisteweb journals represent the most authoritative Italian collection of journals in the humanities and social sciences. The collection provides scholarly materials to researchers in the areas of art, culture, economics, history, law, literary criticism, media, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

It is always important to entrust your data to professionals who adhere to industry standards and use technology that makes your content findable.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Information Architect Sought

June 20, 2014  
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We are always excited to share news with our readers about career opportunities in the world of taxonomy, metadata, and semantic technology. Even if you aren’t in the market for a career move, it is good to stay on top of what is available and how the fields are changing.

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council is looking for a Director, Information Architect. This position would be responsible for establishing an information architecture strategy and roadmap that aligns with their business strategy and existing information environment.

To learn more about this position, click here. If you are searching for a new position in your career, best of luck in your endeavors.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

New Words to Spell

June 5, 2014  
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Merriam-Webster has come out with its new list of approved words for 2014, and I am extremely excited. Not only are they new words I can add to my vocabulary, I can also potentially use them in Words with Friends or Scrabble. The interesting news came from State College in their article, “Adding New Words to Our Lexicon.” So Words with Friends opponents, be on the watch for selfie and fracking in our games soon.

However, the author of this article offers up other contenders that didn’t make the cut. I won’t get to use words like obcampustacle, anticrastinate, or mautiship. Can you imagine the score on those?

I will have to urschel my spelling by using other new and exciting words.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.

 

Most Searched Words

May 21, 2014  
Posted in News, reference, search

I always find it interesting to learn about the behaviors of others. Airports, shopping malls, and sports venues always provide entertainment to me as I muse on the reasoning behind some wardrobe choices, quirky behavior, or companions. That might be why social media has always intrigued me, as it is like people watching from home. So when Dictionary.com compiled a list of words looked up the most around the country, I was fascinated. This interesting list was described by NBC Chicago in their article, “Study Reveals Most Looked-Up Words in Chicago.”

It appears that folks in the good old Windy City were the most likely to look up the word “peatier”, which by the way is defined as pertaining to, resembling or containing the substance peat.

Minneapolis residents were the main searchers of the word “fricassee,” and New York searched “precipitin test.”

Los Angeles residents were the most frequent searchers of the word “walking stick”.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

The End of an Era

May 15, 2014  
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The future of the more than 130-year old Oxford English Dictionary (OED) may be moving to cyberspace. The sheer number of English words put into use since the 20-volume, second edition was published in 1989 could make version 3.0 too big and too expensive to print. The next edition is expected to be at least twice the size of the last. Because of this, it may be published digitally only.

The decision hasn’t been made yet, and Oxford University Press is quick to point out that the concise and compact versions of the Oxford English Dictionary, commonly on sale at bookstores, aren’t in danger of going out of print. The decision whether to print the third edition of the complete OED – the multi-volume version more often used at libraries, at universities, and by scholars – is at least a decade away. This news came to us from CBS News in their article, “Stop the presses: Is the dictionary dead?”

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Word Geeks Have a Say

April 16, 2014  
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I have confessed my geekness here before when it comes to Scrabble, Words with Friends, spelling bees, and words in general. This explains how intrigued I was to consider what word I would add to the dictionary. My mind raced with possibilities. Was there a word that used a Q, K and Z? Just think of the points that combination would add up to, and the relief of using all the “problem children” at once. This interesting topic was found on AL.com in their article, “What word would you add to the official Scrabble dictionary: Amazeballs? Bromance? Kwyjibo? (with glossary).”

Hasbro Game Night has issued a challenge on its Facebook page called Scrabble Word Showdown, asking players to nominate words. They are updating the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for the first time in nine years.

Fans were able to nominate their words and in the style of the NCAA Final Four eliminations – the final two were zen and geocache. Do you have a preference?

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Three Librarians Walk Into a Casino

April 11, 2014  
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If you are still on the fence about whether to attend the American Libraries Association (ALA) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this summer, this bit of news might help you make your decision. There will be a special performance by the Oxford Commas, a band composed of librarians and university press editors who are dedicated to raising the grammatical standard in popular music. The set list will include such favorites as: Whom Do You Love?, You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet, and Two Out of Three Is Not Bad.

Conference information and registration can be found here.

I know what you are thinking. A bunch of librarians in Las Vegas? Pretty wild and crazy, but don’t worry – with guest speakers like B.J. Novak and Jane Fonda, they should tone it down below the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” level.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Who’s the Boss?

March 26, 2014  
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In case you haven’t read the press release that came out last week from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the title should give you reason for pause: “NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions.”

Many are alarmed at the thought of giving control away of something the United States invented and does well. Is this happening because of the National Security Agency (NSA) metadata kerfuffle? Is there some guilt involved in the media storm in response to the espionage use of the Internet?

Anyone who reads the news on a consistent basis and takes time to research and learn more about various topics realizes that what we are given in the form of “news” is often good public relations spun to guide our beliefs and voting practices in certain directions. With the use of the Internet, we can learn on our own, hear both sides of the stories, and discern our own beliefs and convictions. But will that remain true if someone else is in control?

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

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