The new OED Online offers many tasters and routes into the dictionary’s 600,000 words and 3 million quotations. If you like words, then these may be for you.
600,000 words via your local library’s subscription
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Aspects of English
In addition to its quarterly updates of revised entries and new words, the OED Online includes regular commentaries on the language, written by dictionary editors and specialist authors.
Aspects of English explore the history, shapers, and uses of the language, as well as word stories offering many routes into the OED.
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