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OED grants ‘working from home’ full ironic status

Soooo busy!In a move welcomed by office workers everywhere, the Oxford English Dictionary has today granted full ironic status to the expression ‘working from home’. This status will initially apply to Fridays only, but depending on its success may in due course be rolled out across the entire working week.

Before this ground-breaking move, the traditional excuse given for a manager’s absence from the office on a Friday was required to be accompanied by a wiggling of the index and middle fingers of both hands, a raising of the eyebrows and an exaggerated pout. When used on the phone, the expression had to be said in a slow, emphasised way, preferably with a small pause beforehand and a clearing of the throat afterwards.

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Posted: Sep 26th, 2014
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Oxford police ‘lost for words’ by violence at underground ‘scrabble’ evenings

Disturbing footage from an upcoming BBC Panorama episode looking at modern dictionary-making techniques has been handed to the Oxford Police.

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Posted: Jan 17th, 2012
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OED rules that everything is now officially ‘gay’

Compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary have declared that everyone and everything must be defined as gay from now on. According to editor-in-chief Dr Mark Boyle, a team of linguistic experts from universities up and down Britain had studied every field of modern life and failed to find anything that is not gay.

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Posted: Jul 16th, 2011
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