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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…

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…

Frances Hardinge’s five favourite words

Frances Hardinge was brought up in a sequence of small, sinister English villages, and spent a number of formative years living in a Gothic-looking, mouse-infested hilltop house in Kent. She…

Youth words

We want to hear about the unique words and expressions that children and young people use.

Free Schools Access to the OED

To celebrate the OED turning 90, we are pleased to offer free access to the OED for any UK state schools and US and Canadian public K-12 schools who are not current…