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History of English

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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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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Superstardom

Words as old as the OED

When the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was finally completed in 1928, the world of 1857, when work on the dictionary began, must have seemed impossibly distant. Radio,…

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First World War Centenary

2014 marks the start of the first centenary of World War One and the Oxford English Dictionary will be exploring the language of the First World War throughout the centenary…

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