Oxford English Dictionary apologizes for selecting 'bloodbath' as word of the day

The Oxford English Dictionary is catching heat today on Twitter for selecting “bloodbath” as its word of the day.

by Tiffany Gibson Modified: December 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm •  Published: December 18, 2012

The Oxford English Dictionary is catching heat today on Twitter for selecting “bloodbath” as its word of the day.

Some users thought this was in poor taste due to the Newtown, Conn. massacre Friday that killed 20 children and six adults.




The OED issued an apology on its website, explaining that the word was chosen before the shooting.

“The OED word of the day is selected months in advance by an editorial committee, and is distributed automatically each day. The timing of today’s word is a coincidence of the worst kind, and we apologize for any distress or upset caused by what might seem to be a highly insensitive choice. What we hope to show with our words of the day is that even seemingly commonplace words can have interesting etymologies; however we have taken today’s word down from the OED Online homepage and are now taking immediate steps to review our scheduling and selection policy.”

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by Tiffany Gibson
News Online Editor
Tiffany Gibson has worked for the Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the digital news team. In addition to writing and web editing, she also creates multimedia features for the website and maintains social media accounts. A Tennessee...
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