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Oxford World English Symposium 2022 Recap – Episode 72 – The Oxford Comment

With over 1 billion speakers, English is an incredibly diverse language. Dozens of countries around the world have their own varieties, many of which have not historically seen adequate representation in English dictionaries.

This past April, the Oxford English Dictionary hosted the Oxford World English Symposium 2022, a two-day event featuring a series of parallel sessions and panels on topics relating not only to varieties of English, but language prejudice, colonialism, and context-based English language teaching, among others.

On today’s episode, we’re featuring Lisa Lim, Phillip Louw, and Michael Proffitt, three of the Symposium’s participants, in the form of a follow-up panel hosted by Dr. Danica Salazar, World English Executive Editor for Oxford Languages.

More information about the Oxford World English Symposium 2022, including links to the panel discussions and parallel sessions, can be found here: https://public.oed.com/varieties-of-english/oed-symposium-2022/

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Slang – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 36

In this episode, Jonathon Green introduces slang. Slang has been recorded since at least 1500 AD, and today’s vocabulary, taken from every major English-speaking country, runs to over 125,000 slang words and phrases.

Please note that this episode contains a few instances of explicit language. Listener discretion is advised.

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Jonathon Green is Britain’s foremost lexicographer of slang and an independant scholar. His has written many publications including the Chambers Slang Dictionary, the Slang Thesaurus, and Slang Down the Ages. He has also compiled dictionaries of quotations and oral histories of modern culture.

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