Guide to Timelines

Timelines give you a graphical representation of any aspect of English over time: whether that’s the language as a whole; English relating to a particular subject area; English used by particular groups; or English derived from other languages and language families. Or you can create your own custom search, then view and refine the results as a timeline. Read more »

For a quick introduction to Timelines, please view section 6 of the OED Online tour:

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