Oxford Dictionaries launches survey into language use

Oxford Dictionaries launches survey into language use

Oxford Dictionaries is launching the #OneWordMap, an initiative designed to invite the public to answer a series of language-related questions.

The initiative will be "the largest and most global" survey into people’s language gripes, and the results by country may show some "surprising" similarities, as well as differences, Oxford University Press (OUP) said.

OUP has developed the One Word Map to profile public opinion on any language-related question. It will display the results in a publicly-available database to allow for independent research on the topic.

The campaign invites the public to answer questions about language, with the first one being “what is your least favourite English word?” The project should discover the least popular words in the English language, and give people the opportunity to contribute to research by Oxford Dictionaries. The public input will enable the team to pull together a list of the least popular words by country, age, and gender.

The opportunity to answer more language questions will be available on #OneWordMap in the near future.