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Words from the 1930s

Words from the 1930s

The history of cool as a general term of approval is a patchy affair. It emerged in African American English by the early 1930s, perhaps as a development of an…

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OED lexicographers at war

Lexicographers at war

A few weeks ago a photograph came to light showing an Oxford English Dictionary lexicographer on active service during the First World War: the only such photo known to us….

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Words from the 1920s

Words from the 1920s

In the decade following the war to end war (a coinage first recorded in 1914) there was frivolity in the air, but also a residue of tension, of anxiety, that…

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