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The Oxford English Dictionary and its chief word detective

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  • terry foreman
    Oxford English Dictionary Chief Editor John Simpson is to retire after 37 years at the famous reference work. Here he writes of a life hunting for the evidence
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2013
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      Oxford English Dictionary Chief Editor John Simpson is to retire after 37 years at the famous reference work. Here he writes of a life hunting for the evidence behind the birth of words.

      Historical dictionaries are not just about definitions.

      Every word or phrase has a story, and the historical lexicographer has to tease this story out from whatever documentation can be found. That is one of the pleasures of working on the Oxford English Dictionary.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22378819

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