In this Issue
Letters to the Editor
Write to Us
Spread the Word
Back Issues

Spreading the word:
Where does it all come from?

Your questions


Focus on Phrasal Verbs:
Learners and phrasal verbs

New word of the month
Go flirtberrying and become a LAT:
love and neologisms in
the noughties

A review of 2005 in twelve words

Corpora tips
Where to go if you would
like to find out more

In this Issue

Welcome to a new year and a double issue of MED Magazine, the webzine of the Macmillan Dictionaries resource site.

We bring you two articles about neologisms this month: a review of 2005 in twelve words, and a selection of new terms that describe romantic relationships at the beginning of the 21st century.

The penultimate article in the short series on phrasal verbs describes one of the productive ways in which phrasal verbs and other types of phrasal vocabulary have been created and have multiplied and changed over the centuries.

In the Focus on Phrasal Verbs column you can read about the most typical types of error made by learners when using phrasal verbs in writing and speech. This article also offers some useful guidelines for teaching phrasal verbs.

In the corpora tips article you'll find an overview of the influence of corpora on language research and lexicography in the last couple of decades, and a description of a new technique for the exploration of grammatical and lexical patterns of words.

Have you – or your students – got endless questions about words or dictionaries? Why don't you send your queries to us and we'll answer them for you. To find out what other readers have asked about, look at the Your questions answered page.

To browse the back issues, please visit this page. To read more about a particular topic, or other articles in a current or past series, you'll find the up-to-date index useful.

If you want to suggest topics that you would like to read about in future issues, or if you would like to comment on something you have read in this or earlier editions of the webzine, you can contact us by filling in the form on this page.

On behalf of the Macmillan Dictionaries team I wish you a very happy new year and happy browsing this month!

Kati Sule