Countdown’s Dictionary Corner goes digital

No more pen cam as Susie Dent goes online

Countdown is going digital as Dictionary Corner swaps its printed Oxford Dictionary of English for online counterpart Oxford Dictionaries Online. 


That means no more rifling through pages and no more use of the pen cam for queen of the corner Susie Dent. 

“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,” said Dent. “The principles of Dictionary Corner will remain exactly the same – it’s simply the technology that is changing.”

The printed edition of the dictionary has been used since the show started 30 years ago, but the changes will come in fast, with the dictionary going online from Monday 30 June. 

Angus Stevenson, Head of Content Development at Oxford Dictionaries, explains that the quarterly updates of the online site will bring a range of new words and definitions to Countdown. “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!”

The clock should probably watch its back…


Countdown, which is Channel 4’s longest-running series, is currently presented by Nick Hewer along with Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.