OED Timeline Challenge
Have you seen the timeline game on the OxfordWords blog? If you have access to the OED, you can explore our OED timelines by following the guide below. If you are not a subscriber, or don’t have access to the OED, please see the OxfordWords blog.
Find out which words have entered the English language in your lifetime
Subscriber only advanced search
Use our advanced search to find out which words have entered the English language in your lifetime.
1. Put your birth year and the current year in the date of entry section. For example, if you were born in 1985, put ‘1985-2015’.
2. Click search, and then View as: Timeline.
3. You can refine your search by selecting from the options on the left, or click on the timeline for more information about the words that have entered English in your lifetime.
You can also browse by subject, language of origin, region, usage, part of speech, and letter, and view your results as either a list or timeline.
Discover when words entered the English language with our interactive timelines
When did words from industries, sports, and politics enter the English language? How many words came from India, and in which centuries?
How to use the OED Timelines
With subscriber access you can discover when words and senses were first recorded in the English language by subject, region, or origin.
1. Choose Timelines from the browse panel.
2. Choose a category from the tabs headed Subject, Region, and Origin.
3. Select a category from the drop-down menu or click the icon to view further sub-categories.
4. Hover over the bars to see the number of results for that bar and a selection of sample words.
5. Click the bar to view the results in the Advanced Search Results.
The period represented by the width of each bar is 50 years by default. It can be adjusted to intervals of 10, 50 or 100 years using the Century options at the bottom of the timeline.
The height of the bar indicates the number of results for that period.
For advice on using timelines, click here.
More guides and information about the OED
Not a subscriber? How you can obtain access to OED
Faculty, Professionals, and Students
Fill out a library recommendation form to ensure institution-wide access.
Subscriptions and 30-day free-trials are available to institutions for all of our resources. Please contact us for additional information.
Customers outside North & South America
Email: email@example.com Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 353705 Fax: +44 (0) 1865 353659
Customers in North & South America
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 1-800-624-0153 Fax: 1-919-677-8877
See How to subscribe for more information.