John McGrath the genius behind Wordie.org fills in for Ben Zimmer.
Sarah dispatches from Oxford.
All dictionaries have mistakes. Ghost words creep in, there are occasional misspellings, or perhaps the printer was hung over one day and misplaced some punctuation. In addition to these normal forms of human error there are others that are created by language, as it continues its inexorable change.
On Tuesday 5 August 2014, Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED and Bad English, leads a discussion on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Each summer, Oxford University Press USA and Bryant Park in New York City partner for their summer reading series Word for Word Book Club.
Ammon wonders about the word Gossypiboma.
Ammon Shea reflects on his trip to Oxford.
Ammon Shea explores the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Ammon’s favorite words are…
An interactive crossword puzzle to celebrate the OED’s 80th birthday.
A crossword puzzle based on Reading the OED.
‘The Oxford English Dictionary: Past, Present, and Future’ at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
By Ammon Shea
Every year, a group of people at OUP USA put our heads together and come up with a Word of the Year. This is an example of a word (or expression) that we feel has attracted a great deal of new interest in the year to date. It need not have been coined within the past twelve months (although it generally is a new word). It does not have to be a word that will stick around for a good length of time (it is very difficult to accurately predict which new words will have staying power). It does not even have to be a word that we plan on introducing into the dictionary (at least, not unless it seems fairly certain that it will stick around for a while).
Ammon Shea reflects on Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson’s unusual editing actions.
Ammon Shea takes a look at the word “uppity”.
Can you use “Hansardize” in a sentence?
Ammon Shea recalls a word from his childhood.