Resources: Double-Tongued Dictionary

Grant Barrett’s Double-Tongued Dictionary offers an opportunity to learn about new words in the English language by searching this site.  Barrett, of NPR’ Way With Words fame, maintains this site.  This resource is a lot of fun, but it also serves an important role.  Double-Tongued Dictionary is more up-to-date than other dictionaries you’ll come across, since other dictionaries often wait for a word to become more established before including it in their lists. 

You can submit words that meet the following criteria:


—They are not already included in mainstream dictionaries. Search to be reasonably sure.
—They were not coined, invented, or said for the first time ever by you, a friend, a family member, nor by someone else close to you.
—They are not part of an organized campaign to spread a word, to market a product, or to get a word in a dictionary.
—They are not the product of a word-creation contest, like those run by theWashington Post.
—They seem to have been used more than once, ever.


Or you can just look up the latest words.

Double-Tongued Dictionary.


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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