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Oxford Dictionaries add Harry Potter game 'quidditch' as new word

  • Published at 11:09 am April 12th, 2017
Oxford Dictionaries add Harry Potter game 'quidditch' as new word
The name of a fantasy game from the popular Harry Potter franchise has been added to the Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford Dictionaries is part of Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford. Its official Twitter handle announced the inclusion of “quidditch” on Tuesday. Oxford Dictionaries defines quidditch as “a team sport played while straddling broomsticks, in which goals are scored by throwing a ball through any of three hoops fixed at either end of the pitch.” The word originated from the name of a magical game described in J K Rowling's 1997 novel "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", on which the sport is based. Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels which consists of eight fantasy films. The Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words.