Creative Commons: Indian State of Odisha Releases 21 Dictionaries Under CC BY

Creative Commons: Indian State of Odisha Releases 21 Dictionaries Under CC BY. “Recently, CC India’s Global Network Representative (GNC) Subhashish Panigrahi brought to our attention that the Indian state of Odisha licensed 21 dictionaries—in all 21 Indigenous languages that are spoken in the province—under CC BY 4.0. This opens them up for adaptation, distribution, and remixing by anyone.”

Phys .org: Lost Irish words rediscovered, including the word for ‘oozes pus’

I apologize in advance for this headline from Phys .org: Lost Irish words rediscovered, including the word for ‘oozes pus’. “Researchers from Cambridge and Queen’s University Belfast have identified and defined 500 Irish words, many of which had been lost, and unlocked the secrets of many other misunderstood terms. Their findings can now be freely accessed in the revised version of the online dictionary of Medieval Irish.”

Government News Australia: Dictionary builds place nicknames data base

Government News Australia: Dictionary builds place nicknames data base. “Brisvegas, Shagger’s Ridge, Osty, Mullum, Freo, The Gong. If it’s a place and it’s in Australia, you can bet it’s got a nickname. The Australian National Dictionary Centre has launched an appeal for place nicknames as it builds the nation’s first database of the unique monikers Aussies have bestowed on the places they live in, drive past, or visit for holidays.”

Bitcoin News: Decryptionary Helps New Investors Understand Crypto Terms

Bitcoin News: Decryptionary Helps New Investors Understand Crypto Terms. “Decryptionary provides concise definitions of many terms that are widely used in the crypto industry. You have the option to look up a specific word or phrase relating to cryptocurrencies and distributed ledgers using the site’s search bar. Alternatively, you can access the full contents of the online dictionary where entries are listed by first letter or number.”

KRQE: Pueblo works to preserve endangered language with online dictionary

KRQE: Pueblo works to preserve endangered language with online dictionary. “The Acoma Pueblo’s Board of Education unveiled a new tool Thursday to keep its endangered dialect alive…. Thursday, the board unveiled its new online dictionary that has 10,000 words along with audio recordings. It’s one of the largest indigenous language dictionaries ever published for a New Mexico tribe.”

BBC: New funding of £2.5m for next phase of Gaelic dictionary

BBC: New funding of £2.5m for next phase of Gaelic dictionary . “Funding of £2.5m has been put in place for the next phase of the development of the first comprehensive Gaelic dictionary. Faclair na Gàidhlig aims to document the history, development and use of every single word in the language.”

The Hindu: Bharatavani portal offers digital dictionaries of vanishing Indian languages

The Hindu: Bharatavani portal offers digital dictionaries of vanishing Indian languages. “The word for sunlight or sunshine in Angami — a language spoken by around 130,000 people in the North East — is niakikezie. In the Ao-language of Nagaland, it is anüpu oranüsangwa. And this reporter in far away Bengaluru could look up these words and many more from several Indian languages, thanks to digital dictionaries available on the Bharatavani website. Most cities in India have infrastructure to teach many foreign languages . But how many look inwards to tap the domestic cultural motherlode of more than 1,500 Indian languages? It is this question that spurred Bharatavani, an online Indian Languages platform hosted by the Central Institute for Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru, to not only publish content in 121 Indian languages, but work towards starting online classes.”

The Hindu: The unbearable lightness of joy

New-to-me, from The Hindu: The unbearable lightness of joy. “The Danish word hygge, which encapsulates the above in pithy detail, is not just a word for sesquipedalians, the melancholic, or frenzied retail marketing (it became a mainstay of festive advertising campaigns in the U.S. and the U.K. last year), but is also indicative of how languages not only articulate culture, but arguably define them as well. That interconnection, and fascination with how different cultures and languages define and perceive happiness, is what motivated Tim Lomas to start The Positive Lexicography Project, an online database of words related to the concept of joy from all languages, in 2015.”

SF Gate: Dictionary.com adds ‘kompromat,’ ‘fake news,’ and more to online database

San Francisco Gate: Dictionary.com adds ‘kompromat,’ ‘fake news,’ and more to online database. “The new and extended words and phrases are primarily politically-leaning. ‘Alt-right,’ for example, now has a longer definition to reflect usage guidelines by the Associated Press and other publications. ‘Far’ also has an added definition to reflect the word’s use in a political context (like, for instance, the ‘far left’ or ‘far right’).”

Iceland Magazine: Icelandic spelling, declension and etymology dictionaries now free online

This was published last month, but I just came across it. From Iceland Magazine: Icelandic spelling, declension and etymology dictionaries now free online. “In an effort to protect the Icelandic language in a time of smart phones and computers The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland has opened a website which offers free access to the institutes large catalogue of dictionaries, including etymology- and spelling dictionaries and the institute’s declension database for the Icelandic language. Hhighschool teachers are especially urged to introduce the site to their students.” The site is in Icelandic, but Google Translate handles it.

Quartz: The evolution of American anxieties, in words added to the dictionary since 1980

Quartz: The evolution of American anxieties, in words added to the dictionary since 1980. “When the American English dictionary Merriam-Webster adds new words, it also records the year the word was first printed. A new tool from the dictionary-maker, called Time Traveler, lets you search words by the year of their first appearance in the language. By proxy, it reveals the sometimes highly specific anxieties of each historical moment.”

MakeUseOf: 13 Unique Online Dictionaries for Every Situation

MakeUseOf: 13 Unique Online Dictionaries for Every Situation. “No matter what your age, occupation, or education may be, you have likely used a dictionary more than once. The online options are plentiful for basic word lookups and definitions. But if you are in the market for something more specific or tailored to your needs, check out these 13 unique dictionaries.”