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.
A closer look at the most recent OED update.
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.
A crossword puzzle based on Reading the OED.
Sarah Russo twitters the OED’s birthday celebrations.
Dictionaries never simply spring into being, but represent the work and research of many. Only a select few of the people who have helped create the Oxford English Dictionary, however, can lay claim to the coveted title ‘Editor’. In the first of an occasional series for the OxfordWords blog on the Editors of the OED, Peter Gilliver introduces the most celebrated, Sir James A. H. Murray.
By Richard Holden
The planet Mars might initially seem an odd choice for Place of the Year. It has hardly any atmosphere and is more or less geologically inactive, meaning that it has remained essentially unchanged for millions of years. 2012 isn’t much different from one million BC as far as Mars is concerned. However, here on Earth, 2012 has been a notable year for the Red Planet.
By Mark Peters
It’s easy to find articles about words people hate. Just google for a nanominute and you’ll find rants against moist, like, whom, irregardless, retarded, synergy, and hordes of other offending lexical items. Word-hating is rampant.
So if that’s the kind of thing that yanks your lexical crank, look elsewhere: this column is all about word love, word lust, word like, word kissy-face, and word making-sweet-love-down-by-the-fire, as South Park’s Chef would put it.
The Oxford Eytmologist takes on more words.
Ammon Shea reports on the Dictionary Society of North America Conference.