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Over the last couple of years we toured the world of Englishes many times over. In 2010, country by country, accent by accent, loan word by … you get the picture. In 2011, our enquiries changed focus to look at English in context: what language do we use in business, in a romantic situation, or online, and in other contexts?
2013 brings another change of focus to Macmillan Dictionary. The It's your English! 2013 campaign promotes easy accessibility and interactive learning for everyone. Macmillan Dictionary offers fantastic free tools such as interactive language games and widgets for browsers and websites.
In our 'Stories behind Words' series, over on Macmillan Dictionary Blog, regular and new contributors have shared their stories throughout the year about words (or phrases) which have had an impact on their lives.
Lexicographer Liz Potter explores nonce words and getting them in the dictionary:
It's not that unusual for people to ask me how they can get a word into the dictionary. That's easy, I tell them. Get lots of different people to use it in lots of different places and in it will go. Actually it's not easy at all, as can be seen from the complete failure to catch on of the lists of words that people come up with every so often to fill a perceived gap in the language … read more
a plant whose leaves are used in cooking. Marjoram is a herb.
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