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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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P.G. Wodehouse in the OED

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, born in 1881, came of age at the dawn of mass culture. He was an Englishman of that generation, shaped by the Education Act of 1870, for…

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March 2011 update: new words notes

New initialisms in the OED OMG and LOL, FYI For the March 2011 release of OED Online, we have selected for publication a number of noteworthy initialisms—abbreviations consisting of the…

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September 2009: revision notes

Down to the ‘wire’: the latest OED updates This quarter’s release of new and updated words for the OED addresses ten key words (clone, drug, face, global, image, Indian, skin,…

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September 2009: new words notes

This OED release includes a characteristically wide variety of entirely new entries, as well as many newly added senses, compounds, and phrases. In the last category, a number of evocative…

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