Like most postcards, this post comes many days after I have returned from Oxford and the 80th anniversary celebration of the OED. My last post left off on Monday after our lunch at the Eagle and Child Pub where Simon Winchester and Ammon Shea joined us for fish and chips and pints of English beer.
‘The Oxford English Dictionary: Past, Present, and Future’ at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Some fascinating facts about the Oxford English Dictionary
Exciting news about the Historical Thesaurus of English, coming in late 2009.
Among the many interesting talks from senior editors of the OED, this morning we had Fiona McPherson telling us about how a new word is added, and the processes they go through to do it. Fiona and her team collect suggestions for words (or “lexical items”) to be added in a variety of ways.
An interactive crossword puzzle to celebrate the OED’s 80th birthday.
Sarah Russo’s first entry about her trip to Oxford to celebrate the OED’s 80th birthday.
Ammon Shea reflects on his trip to Oxford.