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Edgy in the Corpus

Until recently edgy was a word with a single meaning; a typical definition would have looked like this one:

edgy adj. tense, nervous, or irritable.

But almost any sample of lines from the Oxford English Corpus gives plenty of evidence of a second meaning as well:

sample lines of evidence for 'edgy'

Here was a clear case of a new sense of an existing word, and the dictionary entry needed to be updated to reflect this change. Here's the entry from the 11th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary:

edgy adj. 1 tense, nervous, or irritable. 2 informal avant-garde and unconventional.

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