Etymology: < woke, past participle of wake v.
1. Originally: well-informed
2. Now chiefly: Contronymous to sense 1, over-attentive to racial or social discrimination and injustice.
Pronunciation: / iːˈpɪs(ə)l/
Etymology: < epistle n., punningly after email n.
An electronic communication made to an absent person in writing; an email. Chiefly applied to emails which rank as literary productions, or to those of a public character, or addressed to a body of persons. In application to ordinary emails used only rhetorically or with playful or sarcastic implication.
London weighting, n.
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌndən ˈweɪtɪŋ/
Etymology: < London n. + weighting n.
1. An amount added to a salary to compensate for the higher cost of living in the London area.
2. What remainers wish their votes had.
Public convenience, n.
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪk kənˈviːnɪəns/
Etymology: < public adj. + convenience n.
1. A lavatory for the convenience of the public.
2. Contronymous to sense 1, in the case of pay toilets, a lavatory for the inconvenience of the public.
Unobsolete: an occasional column devoted to tracking social and lexical change with reference to words, phrases and definitions in the OED that are labelled ‘Obs.’ but are now unobsolescing:
Etymology: < Latin vomĕre
Obs. rare. To vomit.
Derivatives: voming n. and adj.
The OED’s first illustration of the verb comes from Wycliffe’s Bible (Jeremiah 25:27): ‘Drinketh, and beth drunken, and vometh, and falleth.’ Drink, be drunk, vom, and fall.