Tag Archives: words

March 2, 2016

Your Candidate in a Word

We looked at transcripts from the fifteen main presidential debates that took place between August 6, 2015 and February 13, 2016—six Democratic Party debates and nine Republican Party debates. From these transcripts, we created six candidate files (Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Rubio, Sanders, and Trump) that contained all the words spoken by individual candidates during the course of these debates. Using a corpus analysis tool, we compared the individual candidate files to the corpus of all the debate transcripts during this period. This allowed us to identify words that were used more frequently by an individual candidate than by the larger group.

November 20, 2014

"Vape" is named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014

vape, verb
Inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device
vape, noun
An electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device

Last year’s word was selfie.

August 19, 2014

TED Talk: The birth of a word

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

An old one, but remarkable nonetheless.

December 3, 2013

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is "selfie"

The decision was unanimous this year, with little if any argument. This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start.

The shortlist of other candidates can be found here.

June 9, 2011