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December 17, 2004

New Dictionary, Eh?

Oxford University Press has published a new edition of its dictionary of Canadian English. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary has over 300,000 entries, of which 2,200 are uniquely Canadian words, based on sources as varied as literature and restaurant menus. "It is really important for Canada to have its own English dictionary because we are not properly represented in American or British dictionaries," said OUP lexicographer Heather Fitzgerald. Giving the dictionary its distinctly local flavor are 648 references to skating and hockey, as well as colloquial terms like 'cougar' (an older woman who preys on younger men), 'bangbelly' (a cake made from rice), and 'double-double' (a sweet and creamy coffee). In 2004, OUP is celebrating its 100th anniversary of publishing in Canada.
Oxford University Press Canada web site

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