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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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OED Update

New words June 2011

Presenting information on the net Although the swathe of alphabet in OED Online from M to the end of R is already revised and updated, along with other chunks relating…

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Who thought small was beautiful?

What’s new since 1976? How do definitions keep up with technological change? Audience viewing figures Which are the hardest words to edit? Colour words: black – history and meaning The…

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OED Update

New Words September 2011

Dark chocolate Americans’ fondness for the bean of the cacao tree is highlighted by new entries for some traditional U.S. desserts in which the word black denotes the use of…

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OED Update

New words: December 2011

Compound Interest In describing the history and development of a word, the importance of noun compounds – those combinations of two words commonly occurring together forming a noun phrase –…

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