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Susie Dent and Anne Diamond
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Susie Dent interview


Oxford based Susie Dent sits in the Dictionary Corner on Channel 4's Countdown.

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Susie Dent is an author and translator and is the resident dictionary expert on Channel 4's long-running word and numbers game 'Countdown'. Susie has worked on the show for ten years and has had over 1000 appearance.

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It took 70 years to complete the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. It was proposed to take 10 years.

The OED is undergoing a major £34 million revision programme.

Every definition and etymology is being painstakingly revised, and hundreds of new entries are written each year.

She has written several books on language, including Larpers and Shroomers: the language report: a survey of current trends in English and the way we use it.

Susie was born in Woking, Surrey. She now lives in Oxford.

A word which Susie has noticed crops up in Oxford is the word 'Pash' which means to kiss and is an Australian term.

She thinks that the English language is growing and texting has a big influence in this. Listen to the interview to find out more >>>

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