Welcome to the OED blog

Welcome to the OED blog

The OED and its cousins

People quite often ask whether there are dictionaries like the OED for other languages. There certainly are. Dictionaries akin to the OED exist for several major world languages, and varieties…

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J.R.R. Tolkien and the OED

Amid all the publicity surrounding this year’s release of the film of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, it has occasionally been mentioned that Tolkien was an…

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OED Online for A level

I enjoyed a five-week work experience placement with the Oxford English Dictionary as part of my MA in Publishing Studies at City University, London. When I finished the placement and…

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Reading for the OED

As a reader of historical and scholarly texts for the Oxford English Dictionary, I am always alert to materials that promise to yield quotations or other information useful to the…

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Balderdash and Piffle

It was several years ago that Takeaway Media approached the OED with the idea of making a series about words for BBC2. Word programmes are notoriously tricky to make for…

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