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‘go’

Often some of the shortest words in English can carry the most weight, and these are the ones most likely to cause headaches for lexicographers. The OED’s original editor James…

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Shakespeare in the OED

The works of Shakespeare (1564–1616) are more widely quoted in OED than those of any other author, and they pose questions for lexicographers and bibliographers concerning date and location. Treatment…

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OED Update

New words notes March 2016

This March’s update to oed.com finds us—as ever—with neologisms and newly researched and published entries for words and phrases from the whole history of the English language coming at us…

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OED Update

New words notes December 2015

‘More new words? No way.’ ‘Yes way!’ It’s December, and time for another quarterly update to the Oxford English Dictionary. Fully revised and expanded entries for major items like control, fire,…

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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…

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