LINGUIST List 32.798

Wed Mar 03 2021

FYI: 'Bitch', 'bint', and 'maid': Exploring Sexist Language in the Dictionary

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 01-Mar-2021
From: OED Team <>
Subject: 'Bitch', 'bint', and 'maid': Exploring Sexist Language in the Dictionary
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When: 8 March 2021, 13:00-14:00 GMT
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To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, the Oxford Languages team, alongside special guests, will be holding an online panel discussion to explore how and why sexist terms are recorded in the dictionary and what this language reveals about the world around us.

Introducing the panel:

- Chair: Leila McKenzie-Delis, CEO, DIAL Global
- Katherine Martin, Head of Product, Oxford Languages
- Eleanor Maier, Executive Editor, Oxford Languages
- Professor Helen Taylor, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter and author of Why Women Read Fiction (
- Dr Sarah Ogilvie, Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics and of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

Drawing on real evidence of language use, the panel will discuss why the dictionary captures terms such as ‘bitch’ and 'bint'; what these most challenging definitions tell us; and the trends we are witnessing right now around women and language.

You will be able to submit questions during the event but we also welcome you to send your questions to the panelists (via in advance.

Register your interest to join us for on online panel discussion on Monday 8 March at 1pm (GMT) or to receive the recording:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Language Documentation; Lexicography; Ling & Literature; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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