Countdown ditches print dictionary for online version

Rachel Riley, Countdown

Channel 4’s words and numbers game show Countdown, is changing with the times.

Over thirty years since the launch of the long running series, Countdown is replacing the traditional print version of the Oxford Dictionary of English with Oxford Dictionaries Online. The change will mean that the programme’s ‘Dictionary Corner’, fronted by Susie Dent, will now be using oxforddictionaries.com to search for words as the contestants try to beat the famous Countdown clock.

“By using Oxford Dictionaries Online, Countdown’s contestants will have access to the most up-to-date vocabulary lists. The oxforddictionaries.com site is free to access and is updated quarterly, with each update bringing a wide range of words, definitions, and senses to the dictionary. Additions in the last year have included snacky, srsly, and selfie, so these words could be making an appearance in a Countdown letters round soon!” – Angus Stevenson, Head of Content Development at Oxford Dictionaries

Viewers will see the transition to the Oxford Dictionaries Online on air for the first time on Monday the 30th of June 2014. The show is Channel 4’s longest running series and is currently presented by Nick Hewer along with Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.

“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.” – Susie Dent 

Countdown is broadcast by Channel 4 on weekday afternoons at 2.40pm.

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