Oxford English Dictionary

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2014

    Songs of an OC Son: Remembering, Celebrating Robert Peters (1924-2014)

    The death last week of poet and critic, memoirist, UC Irvine professor and sometime performance artist Robert Peters offers yet another moment of confounding if useless juxtapositions. The physically strong, robust specimen of all-American Midwestern vigor, the robust body and mind, the wit and hear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Four Big Facts The Daily Got Wrong In Its History of the Burrito

    ​Here's to hoping my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America is hitting the cultural caliente list at the right time--and it is, if you go by recent histories on Mexican food published by mainstream publications. I know Smithsonian Magazine is working on something because they called me for c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Five (Largely Inaccurate) Oxford English Dictionary Entries for Mexican Foods

    ​Last week, I reported on how the Oxford English Dictionary had just included "banh mi" into its august publication, a wonderful, surprising development. Also in the mix was "taquito," and that entry just pissed me off. Oh, I was happy that rolled, fried tacos finally received their due--but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Oxford English Dictionary Adds 'Banh Mi' to Dictionary

    ​Ah, the august Oxford English Dictionary (OED), grammatical gatekeeper to all that is proper and just in the world of the English language. The great thing about the tongue of Shakespeare, of course, is how it absorbs foreign words as they inextricably become part of the Empire--and, just this we ... More >>

  • Food

    June 10, 2004

    Stand and Deliver

    Deciding between healthy and lardy cuisine at the Stand