“Thing” now has a new definition in the Oxford English Dictionary, thanks to “The West Wing”

A thing wasn’t always “a thing,” until the Oxford English Dictionary made it one.

Every quarter, the OED updates its expansive catalog with new words that reflect the changing times. This month, more than 1,200 new words and phrases were added to the list. For example, “woke” and “post-truth” made the cut—the latter was dubbed “word of the year” by the OED in 2016.

What’s really interesting, though, is a new meaning for a very old word: “thing.” Until the latest...

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