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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!
Third in this year's new series of Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord lesson plans is now available to download:
This month's lesson plan, written by Kerry Maxwell, provides tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on anecdata in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, matching key words from the article with their definitions, practising plural formation by finding the odd one out in groups of nouns, and learning about the structure of anecdotes with the aim of students writing their own.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of BuzzWord, Macmillan Dictionary has 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. She 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: