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  1879 - 1928 Oxford English Dictionary
The plan was to create a vast and comprehensive collection of English words, those from the Early Middle English period (1150) onwards, a lexicon of the language more complete than any English dictionary-maker had ever attempted.
The idea was formulated by the Philological Society, a group that investigated the structure and history of languages - from the dialects of Papuan tribes to the lingo of Australian emigrants.
In 1857, recognising the gaps that existed in other English dictionaries, the society decided that a new project should examine the whole treasure trove of English words, including those that had been rejected or left unnoticed by other lexicographers.
www.bl.uk /learning/langlit/dic/oed/dictionary.html   (275 words)

  
 2000 - Oxford English Dictionary Online
The very idea of the 'Oxford English Dictionary' is enormously complicatedĀ - if its aim is to record every significant word in the history of the English language, then it can never rest.
The English language is constantly evolving and mutating, and in a world packed with text messages, websites, science fiction, technological advances, new fashions, pop genres and foods, the growth of language is going haywire, and the lexicographers have their work cut out.
The 'Oxford English Dictionary online' holds many other advantages over the paper version.
www.bl.uk /learning/langlit/dic/online/2000oxfordenglishdictionaryonline.html   (358 words)

  
 World Wide Words: Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
Long before the monumental Oxford English Dictionary was completed, the need for a condensed version had already been recognised — 2002 is in one way the centenary of the Shorter OED, as work on it began in 1902, though its first edition came out only in 1933.
This edition reflects the changes in dictionary practice and format that Oxford has been pursuing in recent years, first with the one-volume New Oxford Dictionary of English (NODE) and with recent editions of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (COD).
The growth in English vocabulary in the past decade means many new words have been added (about 3500 altogether), connected with politics, biotechnology, electronics, telecommunications, the Internet, and other fields.
www.worldwidewords.org /reviews/re-sho1.htm   (751 words)

  
 Learning resources - Oxford English Dictionary
into their teaching, and introduce students to research techniques which encourage them to explore the riches of the Dictionary.
We aim to offer materials suitable for all levels from age group 11 to 14 through to University level, and we invite teachers to share any
All material submitted is subject to review by Oxford University Press.
www.oed.com /learning   (248 words)

  
  Amazon.com: The Oxford English Dictionary: 20 Volume Set (Oxford English Dictionary (20 Vols.)): Books: John ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Compiled by the legendary editor James Murray and a staff of brilliant philologists and lexicographers (not to mention one homicidal maniac), the OED was originally conceived in 1857 as a four-volume set, but by the time the last volume was published in 1928, it had swelled to 10 volumes containing over 400,000 entries.
The primary weakness of the Oxford English Dictionary is that it is missing some modern usages of words that are not primarily slang.
For instance, the dictionary lists many meanings for the word "crash," but nowhere suggests that the word can be used to mean a sudden loss of energy or coming down from a drug high.
www.amazon.com /Oxford-English-Dictionary-Set-Vols/dp/0198611862   (2143 words)

  
  Main Articles: 'The Oxford English Dictionary Online' (review), Ariadne Issue 23
The Oxford English Dictionary, the record of the English language, took over forty years to complete the first time around; the first fascicle was published in 1884 and the last in 1928.
In the past paper based dictionaries have had to be content with a "Key to Pronunciation" populated with a number of confusing symbols.
However it is a dictionary for the future that will remain a consistent record of the language for years to come.
www.ariadne.ac.uk /issue23/oed-review   (1406 words)

  
  Oxford English Dictionary - Gurupedia
Although the Oxford English Dictionary is a British institution, and perhaps most comprehensive with regard to British English, its policy is to attempt to record all known uses and variants of a word in all varieties of English, worldwide, past and present.
The aim of this Dictionary is to present in alphabetical series the words that have formed the English vocabulary from the time of the earliest records down to the present day, with all the relevant facts concerning their form, sense-history, pronunciation, and etymology.
English language continued to change, and by the time that 20 years had passed, the outdatedness of the dictionary began to be bothersome.
www.gurupedia.com /o/ox/oxford_english_dictionary.htm   (3374 words)

  
 Spotback - Oxford English Dictionary + 'Balderdash & Piffle' = Word Up
According to the august Oxford English Dictionary, going bananas was simply not done before 1968, nobody went bonkers before 1957 and no one went to the loo before 1940.
Oxford University Press, the publisher, is teaming up with "Balderdash & Piffle," a BBC television lexicology program, to run down the origins of such acutely British expressions as "wally" (a fool), "wazzock" (an idiot) and "whoopsie" (excrement).
But the Oxford editors are as interested in their X-rated beginnings as they are in "identity theft," "spiv" (a sharply dressed hustler), "mucky pup" (a messy child) and "prat" (a fool or a jerk).
news.spotback.com /story/5064532/Oxford_English_Dictionary__Balderdash__Piffle__Word_Up   (900 words)

  
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The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium.
The 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the 500 words used most in the English language each have an average of 23 different meanings.
www.lycos.com /info/oxford-english-dictionary.html   (651 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Oxford Dictionary of English: Books: Catherine Soanes,Angus Stevenson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations by Elizabeth Knowles
Any dictionary which comes from Oxford University Press (whose origins lie in the Middle Ages, the foundation of the university and the dawn of printing) tends to be in a different league from its competitors.
Whilst the massive Oxford English Dictionary is the king of dictionaries, don't be misled into expecting the Oxford brand to be preeminent at the single-volume level.
www.amazon.co.uk /Oxford-Dictionary-English-Catherine-Soanes/dp/0198613474   (1380 words)

  
 BBC - h2g2 - The Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford University enlisted a former schoolmaster and bank clerk, Professor James AH Murray, to serve as the proposed dictionary's chief editor.
The preliminary estimation was for the dictionary to encompass four volumes (roughly 6400 pages), to cover the entirety of English vocabulary from early Middle English (circa 1150 AD) through to the late 19th Century.
When the Oxford University Press took over the project in 1878, the editors thought that the material amassed by then would adequately cover the scope of the original philological intentions, but Murray was dissatisfied and found the completed work limited in scope.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A538012   (1457 words)

  
 The Oxford English Dictionary - The Oxford English Dictionary - Icons of England   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Oxford English Dictionary is the symbol of the English Language which is not only spoken throughout the land but it is now the world's most widely-spoken language.
The English Language is considered to be the 'software of the universal mind' and will soon be the defacto standard on the Internet.
The basis of every human endeavour is the English Language - from literature, to medicine, to technolgy, to education, to the law, and to government.
www.icons.org.uk /theicons/collection/the-o-e-d/comments   (437 words)

  
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This is what distinguishes the OED from other dictionaries, which usually provide a somewhat arbitrary definition without providing justification for their definition.
From its beginnings as the hobby of a dedicated Scottish schoolmaster to its modern day position as the foremost English dictionary in the world, the Oxford English Dictionary has set the standard by which all other English dictionaries are judged.
The second Scriptorium was built in Oxford and the Dictionary grew until its completion in 1928, thirteen years after the death of its greatest editor.
www.lycos.com /info/oxford-english-dictionary--words.html   (535 words)

  
 ipedia.com: Oxford English Dictionary Article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Although the OED is a British institution, and perhaps most comprehensive with regard to British English, its policy is to attempt to record all known uses and variants of a word in all varieties of English, worldwide, past and present.
Again he had a Scriptorium built on his property (to appease a neighbor, this one had to be half-buried in the ground), and the Oxford post office paid his work the compliment of installing a new pillar box (mailbox) directly in front of his house.
The most convenient choice for the dictionary user would be for the entire dictionary to be reedited and retypeset, with each change included in its proper alphabetical place; but of course this would be most expensive, with perhaps 15 volumes to be produced.
www.ipedia.com /oxford_english_dictionary.html   (3595 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: Books: William Little,Lesley Brown,William Trumble   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The text is based on the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary and, in fact, the Shorter manages more than one third of the coverage of the OED in one tenth of the size.
For scholars and those with a serious interest in the English language, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary is an unrivalled resource for the study of the development and use of Modern English.
The 20 volume Oxford English Dictionary sets the overall standard, but a 20 volume set is rarely going to be found outside a library.
www.amazon.co.uk /Shorter-Oxford-English-Dictionary-William/dp/0198605757   (2267 words)

  
 UMKC Libs: Guide to The Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary, or the OED, is a dictionary based on historical principles, which means that it not only records the current meanings of words, but also relates the history and development of the English language from approximately 1150 AD.
The OED does not attempt to define "correct" English, it seeks to describe the language as it has been spoken and written throughout history.
The variations of English that are addressed in the OED are British English, American English, Australian English, New Zealand English, the Englishes of the Indian subcontinent, Southern Africa, and the Caribbean, among others.
www.umkc.edu /lib/online/DatabaseGuides/oed.htm   (728 words)

  
 Help rewrite the Oxford English Dictionary
Samuel Johnson, with the aid of six assistants, ten years to research the history, pronunciation, spelling and definition of the 42,773 English words in that first Oxford English Dictionary or, as it is commonly referred to, the OED.
While there had been some English dictionaries published prior to the Oxford, this was far more comprehensive than any previous publication of this sort.
Today, the current edition of the OED has grown to 600,000 words and thousands of people are employed throughout the English speaking world to research the history, spelling and definition of the words used by English speakers.
hubpages.com /hub/Help_rewrite_the_Oxford_English_Dictionary   (714 words)

  
 Dictionary.com
Compiled by the legendary editor James Murray and a staff of brilliant philologists and lexicographers (not to mention one homicidal maniac), the
The great joy of this dictionary lies in its extensive cross-references and word etymologies, which can run a full page or more.
the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of the English language, but a delight to browse.
dictionary.reference.com /bookstore/oed.html   (128 words)

  
 Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary - Download   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Concise Oxford English Dictionary from Mobile Systems is a tool that can help you if you’ve already made the effort to learn some Spanish beforehand.
But as we typed, the dictionary filtered the words on-screen, narrowing down the choices until there were just a handful to pick from.
When you open a specific record for a word, the translation is provided in a clear manner, using variations in font-strength and colour to indicate the various parts of the word’s entry.
concise-oxford-spanish-dictionary.en.softonic.com /ie/51724   (609 words)

  
 Oxford Classic Dictionaries
These dictionaries are know for their accurate and extensive coverage of English.
When this dictionary leaves you feeling like you need more information to fully understand a word you can turn to the Shorter which has a similar lay out but with a lot more information.
An excellent British English dictionary known for its accurate and to-the-point definitions and derivations, but it does not have example sentences.
thedictionarystore.com /oxcldi.html   (592 words)

  
 Oxford English Dictionary, Seiko Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, Thesaurus - Franklin   (Site not responding. Last check: )
For over 150 years, Oxfords hallmarks of integrity and authority have been adapted to meet the changing needs of dictionary users.
The dictionary offers rich vocabulary coverage, with full treatment of World English, rare, historical, and archaic terms, as well as scientific and technical vocabulary, and provides hundreds of helpful notes on grammar and usage.
Based on the highly acclaimed fifth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, this new edition maintains its extensive coverage of literary and historical quotations, while adding up-to-date material from todays most influential literary and cultural figures.
www.franklin.com /estore/dictionary/ER8000   (516 words)

  
 PocketPC Dictionary :: Concise Oxford English Dictionary :: Dictionary: 11th Ed. 2004, edited by C. Soanes, A. Stevenson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It is the most popular dictionary of its kind around the world and is noted for its clear, concise definitions as well as its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the vocabulary of the English-speaking world.
Goes with DEPReader dictionary software program - a powerful dictionary reader providing instant lookup both from the lookup field and from the dictionary definitions; special COED cross-references denoted by small capital letters; various searches (phonetic, error tolerance, crossword search), maximal data accessibility.
Oxford is a registered trade mark of Oxford University Press in the UK and in certain other countries.
www.reftogo.com /product.php?id=ox_coed_ppc   (689 words)

  
 Amazon.frĀ : Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Livres en anglais: Oxford   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Anyone looking for a concise dictionary of English is currently faced with a difficult choice, since 2001 has seen the publication of new editions of three major works; the Concise Oxford Dictionary the Collins Concise Dictionary and the Encarta Concise Dictionary.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary is the most popular dictionary of its kind around the world.
For this major new edition, Oxford's lexicographers have used evidence provided by The British National Corpus to rewrite every word and entry to represent English as it is used today throughout the English-speaking world.
www.amazon.fr /Concise-Oxford-English-Dictionary/dp/0198606362   (626 words)

  
 Oxford English Dictionary
Is the most comprehensive dictionary of the English language.
It traces the development of English from approximately 1150 AD up to the present day.
The varieties of English covered include British English, American English, Australian English, New Zealand English, the Englishes of the Indian subcontinent, Southern Africa, and the Caribbean, among others.
www.lemoyne.edu /library/resources/titles/oxford_english_dictionary.htm   (88 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: The Oxford English Dictionary : 20-volume set: Books: John Simpson,Edmund Weiner   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Compiled by the legendary editor James Murray and a staff of brilliant philologists and lexicographers (not to mention one homicidal maniac), the OED was originally conceived in 1857 as a four-volume set, but by the time the last volume was published in 1928, it had swelled to 10 volumes containing over 400,000 entries.
But unless you need the most extensive dictionary money can buy, and be prepared to peruse twenty texts when in need of definitions, I would suggest that you act wisely and invest on its 'Shorter' cousin.
Other languages also have excellent dictionaries (Japanese, for example) but I have seen none that compare to the overwhelming task accomplished by the Oxford English Dictionary Editors.
www.amazon.ca /Oxford-English-Dictionary-20-set/dp/0198611862   (1276 words)

  
 CNN.com - Doh! Homer is an English classic - June 15, 2001
Inspiration for the new additions to the dictionary were taken from a wide variety of sources -- from teenage chatter, the pop music charts and even Bridget Jones's Diary.
Although "bad hair day" has been around for some years, it was the neurotic Londoner's use of this phrase in the best-selling novel by Helen Fielding that prompted the dictionary to include it to describe times when things are not going quite right.
The dictionary's editors have spent the year sifting through popular culture for words that have become popular.
www.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/europe/06/14/english.newwords   (639 words)

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