Latest online update: June 2012
In the June 2012 update we revise some 2,500 SUB- and SUPER- words, including subculture, subvert, supercool, superhero, and supernatural. Super- has been a particularly productive prefix in American political language in 2012: new additions include topical words like super PAC, supermajority, and superdelegate.
You can read more about the revisions and new words in the June update in this article by the Chief Editor of the OED, John Simpson.
See a full list of the new words, new subentries, and new senses of existing words added in this update.
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