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Welcome to the Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord feature! If you're interested in English today and want to keep up with changes in the language, this is the place to come. We'll keep you at the heart of language change!
BRAND NEW series of Onestopenglish BuzzWord lesson plans:
We've selected twelve of our most popular BuzzWords that appeared in 2014 and have put them into a calendar! Each month is accompanied by a BuzzWord illustration by Andrew Stilborn. Start the year getting organized and download the 2015 calendar today.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of BuzzWord in 2013, Macmillan Dictionary published a mini book with our 50 favourite BuzzWords. You can flick through a digital version of Our Favourite BuzzWords below.
The weekly BuzzWord may not be a word you'll find in any dictionary, and it's not always a brand-new term either: it may be a new way of using an existing word (e.g. troll), or a new way of putting words together (e.g. drug driving, chillax). Whatever the reason for its present popularity, the BuzzWord is a word that is current and in sudden or increasing use – it might not stay around forever, but it's worth knowing what it means and how people are using it today.
Kerry Maxwell has an MA in Linguistics from the University of Manchester. She has worked in academic research and as a lexicographer in the publishing industry.
Kerry lives in York, UK, where she works as a freelance author and editor. Kerry is author of Brave New Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the 21st Century (Pan Macmillan, 2007) and has been writing the Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord column since 2003.
Macmillan Dictionary has teamed up with Onestopenglish to give teachers and students a chance to explore BuzzWords in the classroom. This can be done by using the free BuzzWord lesson plans written by language experts Tim Bowen and Kerry Maxwell. Find out more about these language learning resources on Onestopenglish.
Here are some useful links for you to explore the BuzzWord feature further: