'Zamzawed' – food that has been spoiled by overcooking
June 21, 2018 6:00 AM Subscribe
How we speak can reveal where we are from: not just our accent, but the language we use. Words and phrases particular to a city, region, or country are a distinctive part of English, and we at the OED are asking you to help us identify and record them.The Oxford English Dictionary (previously) has put out an appeal to help find and define regionally distinctive English words around the world. The official hashtag (added June 2014) is #WordsWhereYouAre.
The early response has been "phenomenal", including words and phrases like frog downer (American English – a torrential downpour), dookers (Scottish English – swimming trunks) and brick (New Jersey and New York – very cold).
The OED is updated continuously with new words and updated meanings, which can be found in the quartely release notes. Some of the most recent additions include acquihire, precariat and Zenned-out.
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