One of the world’s major printers of English-language dictionaries is preparing a volume for language associated with African Americans.
The Oxford Dictionary of African American English aims to define 1,000 terms by March 2025 — potentially educating a broader audience on the meaning of English terms associated with the ethnic group.
Oxford University Press provided 10 words to The New York Times in a preview of the project.
Harvard University academic Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. has been appointed as editor-in-chief of the project.
The dictionary includes some words that could be referred to as slang, others that reference events in black history, and othe …