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Thank you for your message.  People often write to us about words they have devised, and I am afraid our response is very dull.  Before we can even think about drafting a dicttionary entry for a new word, we need a large body of published evidence showing that it has been in widespread and sustained use over a period of at least five years.  We are slow to add words to the full Oxford English Dictionary Online, because once added they are never deleted.

You can read more about what is involved at http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq (see ‘Will you put in my new word?’ in the Dictionaries section).  I shall certainly record your contribution in our files, but cannot promise that it will result in an entry.

Margot Charlton

Oxford English Dictionary


Nathan says:

Is it just me who finds the fact the person who responds on behalf of the Oxford Dictionary spelt the word dictionary wrong funny?

Joel says:

I was just going to comment on the irony of that…

Leah says:

A typo is not necessarily not knowing how to spell something, however, she should have been more careful.