Archive for September, 2012

Vowels are hard

Any lexicographer who has worked through the alphabet knows that words that begin with vowels are more complicated to edit (as a general rule) than words that begin with consonants….

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2010 relaunch explained

Before the 2010 relaunch, users saw unrevised entries in their static OED2 (1989) version and revised entries in their updated OED3 version. During the course of revision, a very large…

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The OED and innovation

Back in the day The New English Dictionary (as the OED was rightly called back then) grew out of a Victorian desire to classify. Its scope is astonishing: to provide…

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