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Interview with John Simpson, former Chief Editor of the OED

John Simpson recently retired as chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Before he left, we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his time at the helm of our historical dictionary. Watch the videos below to learn how life at the OED has changed since John Simpson joined in 1976, discover which dictionary entries he most enjoyed working on, and find out whether the former chief editor of the OED has a favourite word.

Want to find out more? You can watch our full interview with John Simpson here.

How have dictionaries changed?

Which dictionary entry did you most enjoy working on?

What is your favourite word?

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