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The art of reading for the OED: John Healey

‘There’s nothing like the thrill of finding a word that isn’t in the dictionary yet. It gives me a real buzz. I think it must be similar to the thrill that scientists feel when they discover a new species or a new sub-atomic particle.’

The art of reading for the OED: Joy Winnington

In this next post of the series, Joy Winnington, a reader for the Science Reading Programme (SciRP), shares her experience of the work and the titles that have especially inspired her:

Words from the 1970s

The decade that time forgot? Can any of the new vocabulary of the 1970s help to pinpoint the sources of disenchantment?

How are words added to the OED?

Words come into the English language in all manner of ways. The OED’s mission is to record all of these word stories, capturing their development as they continue to unfold.

Words from the 1960s

If youth had flexed its muscles in the 1950s, in the 1960s it ruled the roost. Out on the streets, in the clubs and on the campuses, it was young…

An Oxford lexicographer of the 1960s: Penny Silva

On this blog, we have explored the lives and careers of lexicographers who have contributed to the Oxford English Dictionary and others of Oxford’s dictionary ‘family’ from the 1920s to…

Nick Sharratt’s favourite word

Illustrator and author Nick Sharratt is known worldwide for his much-loved work creating and illustrating books for children (and their parents!). Having loved drawing for as long as he can…

Words from the 1950s

Guest blogger John Ayto on the language of the 1950s – the decade the culture of youth came of age:

Hobby words: an update

Earlier this year, we asked the public to tell us about the words that they use in their hobbies. We received hundreds of submissions, and here we take a look at some of the most notable…