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The Oxford English Dictionary


Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary

The OED started as the brainchild of a bunch of people over lunch (or maybe dinner), in the early 19th century who decided they were going to list EVERY word that had ever been written down in English, is that hubris or what? Much of its early life was spent in a corrugated iron shed in a garden in Mill Hill (North of London), worked on by amateurs, God bless 'em, but they did it, and are still doing it. As for the language, its strength is that it takes words (steals them if you like) from where ever it can find them and makes them its own. The Normans tried to make us speak French, but we just "borrowed" their vocabulary and made it English. It is a living language, without the benefit of a cabal of Academians trying to keep it "pure", growing and developing like some glorious Triffid And what do I think of the Dictionary? It's the baddest book in the whole wide world!

Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary posted 2007-08-20 by Rad Thomas from london, uk


Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary

The record of the use and origins of our language.

Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary posted 2007-03-30 by Paul Meacock from Cheshire


Mandarin Chinese: 1 billion native speakers, English: 500 million.

For every person who speaks English there are about two who speak Mandarin Chinese. English is probably the most influential language, but the most _spoken_ it ain't. The stuff about "software of the universal mind" and indeed "inventing and exporting English" is pure hogwash. English is the result of several linguistic IMports. If our history had been just a little different we might have exported French or Norse to the rest of the world.

Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary posted 2006-12-08 by Peter Biddlecombe from Bucks, UK


Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary

Sure wouldn't want to be stuck on a deserted Island without it. My brother stole mine and took it to China

Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary posted 2006-09-13 by Michael Martin from Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.A


Comment on Oxford English Dictionary

"Dictionary: noun (pl. -ies); a book that list the words of a language in alphabetical order and gives their meaning, or their equivalent in a different language" - The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 10th ed., 2001

Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary posted 2006-02-02 by Howard and Abi...again from Frome


Comment on Oxford English Dictionary

English is the only language that can boast a dictionary the size of an encyclopaedia. The OED I was the first dictionary compiled on historical principles, with examples from literature of first instance and any subsequent changes in sense, long before computers and concordancing made such searches easy.

Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary posted 2006-02-02 by Sunny A-Angeles from Athens, Greece


Comment on Oxford English Dictionary

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. The English Language has morphed into many different variations around the world - American-English, Australian-English, Singapore-English, Indian-English and so on, not forgetting the local varieties: Cockney, Geordie, Scouse, and Shakesperean English to name just a few. The English Language was originally created, developed, expanded, and exported by England: Home of the World's Language

Comment on The Oxford English Dictionary posted 2006-01-27 by Alan 'Brand' Williamson from Sussex