#WordoftheDay – Pangram

Pangram –  a sentence containing every letter of the alphabet

There’s the made up sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” but there’s 66 in total in the Oxford English Dictionary(OEDand most occur accidently.To look at the OED just sign in with your library membership number.

Here are some examples:

1970 R. F. Miller One Hundred Thousand Tractors iv. xiv. 341: “They argued, with some justification perhaps, that the kolkhozes were unable to use and maintain their expensive equipment properly.” (justification)

1970 Rolling Stone 30 Jan. 1/2: ”Blue blazer, grey flannel pants, shirt and a beautiful scarf with a chunky Mexican turquoise/silver bracelet and ring which blew the white-shirted jury’s minds.” (blow)

1997 Nature 27 Mar. 319/2: “A moon orbiting a superjovian planet outside the normally accepted habitable zone might be able to support liquid water, thanks to the added heat flux from its primary.” (primary)

c1503 R. Arnold Chron. f. xvi v/2: “The price af a quarer whet iijs. The ferthing Symnell poise xv vuncis & dim. q’t’. The ferthing whit loof coket poise xvij vuncz dim & ob’.” (cocket)

1993 Times 10 July 20/6: “Coming back from a jolly night out, slightly tanked up and woozy on the old pins, a quick blast of Bhangra would have me dancing exotic and erotic moves until I tripped over the cat. (bhangra)

A listicle of new words

 Oxford Dictionaries August updateOxford dictionaries have published this ‘listicle’ of words & phrases that have made it into current language use.  Check out Oxford Dicxtionaries in our onlines resources!

acquihire, n.: buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff…

adorbs, adj.: (informal) arousing great delight; cute or adorable

air punch, n.: thrusting one’s clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph…

amazeballs, adj.: (informal) very impressive, enjoyable, or attractive

Bank of Mum and Dad, phr.: (Brit. informal) a person’s parents regarded as source of financial assistance

bare, adv.: (Brit. informal) very; really (used as an intensifier)

bedroom tax, n.: (in the UK) informal name for a measure introduced in the Welfare Reform Act 2012…

binge-watch, v.: (informal) watch multiple episodes of (a television programme) in rapid succession…

bro hug, n.: (US informal) friendly embrace between two men

clickbait, n.: (informal) (on the Internet) content…whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page

cord cutting, n.: (informal) practice of cancelling a pay television subscription or landline phone connection in favour of an alternative Internet-based or wireless service

cotch, v.: (Brit. informal) spend time relaxing; stay or sleep somewhere on a temporary basis

cray, adj. (also cray cray): (US informal) crazy

Deep Web, n.: the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines.

doncha, contraction: (informal) don’t you

douchebaggery, n.: (N. Amer. informal) obnoxious or contemptible behaviour

dox, v.: (informal) search for and publish private data about (an individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent

e-cig, n.: (informal) another term for electronic cigarette

false widow, n.: a spider resembling the black widow, some species of which are moderately poisonous to humans

fandom, n.: the fans of a particular person, team, series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture

fast follower, n.: a company that quickly imitates the innovations of its competitors

5:2 diet, n.: a diet that involves eating normally for five days out of a seven-day period and greatly restricting the amount of food eaten on the other two days

FML, abbrev.: (vulgar slang) f— my life! (used to express dismay at a frustrating personal situation)

geocache, n.: an item…that has been hidden at a location whose coordinates have been posted on the Internet…

hate-watch, v.: (informal) watch (a television programme) for the sake of the enjoyment derived from mocking or criticizing it

hench, adj.: (Brit. informal) (of a man) strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles

hippotherapy, n.: horse riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment…

hot mess, n.: (US informal) a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered

hot mic, n.: (informal) a microphone that is turned on, in particular one that broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private

humblebrag, n. & v.: (informal) (make) an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud

hyperconnected, adj.: characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have Internet connectivity

ICYMI, abbrev.: (informal) in case you missed it

in silico, adj. & adv.: (of scientific experiments) conducted or produced by means of computer modelling or simulation

listicle, n.: an Internet article presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list

live-tweet, v.: post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place

mansplain, v.: (informal) (of a man) explain something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing

mud run, n.: an event in which participants negotiate a course consisting of obstacles filled or covered with mud

neckbeard, n.: (informal) growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming…

octocopter, n.: an unmanned helicopter having eight rotors

olinguito, n.: a small nocturnal tree-dwelling mammal living in cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador…

Paleo diet, n: a diet based on the type of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans…

pharmacovigilance, n.: the practice of monitoring effects of medical drugs after they have been licensed for use

responsive, adj.: denoting a website whose page design changes automatically according to the size of screen on which it is viewed

second screen, n.: a mobile device used while watching television, especially to access supplementary content or applications

sentiment analysis, n.: the process of computationally identifying and categorizing opinions expressed in a piece of text

side boob, n.: (informal) the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing

side-eye, n.: (informal , chiefly US): a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt

smartwatch, n.: a mobile device with a touchscreen display, worn on the wrist

SMH, abbrev.: (informal) shaking (or shake) my head (used to express disapproval, exasperation, etc.)…

spit take, n.: (informal) (especially as a comic technique) an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising

subtweet, n.: (informal) (on Twitter) a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism

tech-savvy, n.: (informal) well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology

time-poor, adj.: spending much of one’s time working or occupied…

throw shade, phr.: (US informal) publicly criticize or express contempt for someone

vape, v.: inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device

WDYT, abbrev.: (informal) what do you think?

YOLO, abbrev.: (informal) you only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment)…