The answers to the Reading the OED crossword puzzle.
A crossword puzzle based on Reading the OED.
An excerpt from Ammon Shea’s Reading The OED.
John McGrath the genius behind Wordie.org fills in for Ben Zimmer.
On 9 November 1989, at midnight, the East German government opened its borders to West Germany for the first time in almost thirty years: a city divided, families and friends separated for a generation, reunited again. For much of its existence, attempting to cross the wall meant almost certain death, and around 80 East Germans were killed in the attempt, shot down by the border guards as they tried to make their escape. With this announcement, however, the gates were thrown open.
This selection of ancient Greek literature includes philosophy, poetry, drama, and history. It introduces some of the great classical thinkers, whose ideas have had a profound influence on Western civilization.
By Kirsty Doole
As Mother’s Day approaches in the United States, we decided to reflect on some of the mothers to be found between the pages of some of our classic books.
The efforts of members of the public have been at the heart of the Oxford English Dictionary for over 150 years. The Dictionary couldn’t have been written without these contributions. We are calling on language lovers everywhere to help us trace the history of words whose origins are shrouded in mystery, with a brand new Appeals area of OED.com. The OED’s record of appealing to the public for assistance stretches back to its very beginnings—to a time when the project not only had nothing to do with Oxford, but wasn’t even a dictionary.
Ammon Shea shares his love of obituaries.
The OED is popping up all over the place!
Ammon Shea has a reading dilemma.
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.
How new words are sometimes older than we think.