Ammon Shea reflects on his trip to Oxford.
Sarah dispatches from Oxford.
An interactive crossword puzzle to celebrate the OED’s 80th birthday.
‘The Oxford English Dictionary: Past, Present, and Future’ at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Exciting news about the Historical Thesaurus of English, coming in late 2009.
How new words are sometimes older than we think.
Sarah Russo’s first entry about her trip to Oxford to celebrate the OED’s 80th birthday.
Some fascinating facts about the Oxford English Dictionary
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… What’s a hobbit and how did J.R.R. Tolkien come by this word? Was it invented, adapted, or stolen? To celebrate the release of The Hobbit film and renewed interest in J.R.R Tolkien’s work, we’ve excerpted this passage from The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall, and Edmund Weiner.
Today the Oxford English Dictionary announces the launch of OED Appeals, a dedicated community space on the OED website where OED editors solicit help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to editors, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.
By Anatoly Liberman
The literature on the history of the Oxford English Dictionary is extensive, but I am not sure that there is a book-length study of the reception of this great dictionary. When in 1884 the OED’s first fascicle reached the public, it was met with near universal admiration. I am aware of only two critics who went on record with their opinion that the venture was doomed to failure because it would take forever to complete, because all the words can not and should not be included in a dictionary, and because the slips at Murray’s disposal must contain numerous misspellings and mistakes.
The answers to the Reading the OED crossword puzzle.
A crossword puzzle based on Reading the OED.
Sarah Russo twitters the OED’s birthday celebrations.
Welcome to the world, sixth edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary!
Ben’s column this week looks at the fascinating history of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. He explains how the OED, quite possibly OUP’s most important book (well, series of books), got trimmed to a manageable two volumes and why this development was important.