New Delhi: The 10th edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner”s Dictionary features 26 new Indian English words that involve Aadhaar, chawl, dabba, hartal and shaadi.
The latest edition of the dictionary has launched on Friday, January 24, 2020, consists of 384 Indian English words and incorporates over 1,000 new words such as chatbot, fake news and microplastic.
Oxford University Press (OUP) said that the addition of new words is updated with time after seeing the evolution in language through the years.
“This edition has 26 new Indian English words of which 22 figure in the printed dictionary. The other four are in the digital version,” said Fathima Dada, Managing Director (Education Division) at OUP.
The new Indian words in the dictionary are auntie, bus stand, deemed university, FIR, non-veg, redressal, tempo, tube light, veg and videograph. The four new Indian English words in the online version of the dictionary are current (for electricity), looter, looting and upazila (one of the areas that a district is divided into for administration purposes).
According to OUP, the new edition provides better, more accurate and understandable definitions with examples and help learner to use the right word in the right context.
As quoted in a report of news agency, Dada said, “Prevalence and common usage are the main criteria for enlisting new words. We scan the globe for words which are often used by people while speaking English. Then these words go through a rigorous testing process.”
“As OUP is the custodian of English language globally, these words have to go through its processes.”
“The 10th edition also is equipped with a strong digital support system, including an app,” she said.
It is equipped with several digital tools such as iSpeaker, with these learners can get help preparing for speaking exams and presentations. With iWriter, learners can plan, write and review their written work. Text Checker allows the teacher to check any text against the Oxford 3000, 5000, and OPAL (Oxford Phrasal Academic Lexicon) written word list.
A person can reach out to the new edition with the help of the online app or interactive support through the Oxford Learner”s Dictionaries website includes advanced features such as audio-video tutorials, video walkthroughs, self-study activities and enhanced iWriter and iSpeaker tools.
The Oxford Advanced Learner”s Dictionary was originally published in Japan in 1942 spans 77 years and was first brought out by OUP in 1948. The dictionary is based on the original values of its creator, Albert Sydney Hornby, whose aim was to help language learners across the world.