The Oxford English Dictionary is 80!
Eighty years ago, the “greatest work in dictionary-making ever undertaken” was completed. Begun in 1857, published in ten volumes in 1928, subsequently updated and expanded to 20 volumes in 1989, and now adapted to the electronic age, the OED has become the most venerated and most beloved English-language reference ever compiled.
In honor of the OED’s 80th birthday celebrations are taking place all week in Oxford, England. We will have blog updates as the week proceeds but in the meantime read Sarah Russo’s twitter updates here.