Countdown goes electric ditching print for an online dictionary

Dictionary Corner on Countdown is going digital for its new series, ditching the printed dictionary for an online version.

Filmed at MediaCityUK, Susie Dent revealed that instead of the print edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English, she’ll be browsing the online version on a computer.

“While I’ll miss riffling through the printed dictionary and using Countdown’s famous pencam, I’m excited that we will now be able to reflect the very latest changes to English by using an online dictionary that’s updated every three months. The principles of Dictionary Corner will remain exactly the same – it’s simply the technology that is changing.”

The new series returns on June 30th and Channel 4 hopes the move will allow more up-to-date words to appear, including the likes of snacky, srsly, and selfie, which were all added last year.

“We are really excited for the upcoming changes to the Countdown’s Dictionary Corner. Moving to Oxford Dictionaries Online shows how Countdown really is changing with the times and we are looking forward to the many word searches and conundrums to be solved using the online version,” added Channel 4’s head of daytime, David Sayer.

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