Phubbing refers to the practice of ignoring one's companion or companions in order to pay attention to one's phone or other mobile device.
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New words in OxfordDictionaries.com: phubbing

 

In the 2004 film Mean Girls, high school queen bee Regina George famously chastises one of her minions for using a slang…

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British philosopher and mathematician

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Add oil is an expression that has gained a lot of currency in Hong Kong in the last few years.
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OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of ‘shroff’ and ‘add oil’?

 

Can you help us? OED Appeals is a dedicated community space on the OED website where OED editors solicit help in unearthing…

books with numbers in the title
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Quiz: books with numbers in the title

 

If you’re a book lover, it’s quite possible that, at some point, people have assumed that you’re into words and not numbers.…