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Catherine Sangster, Oxford Dictionaries’ head of pronunciation, was interviewed by The Doctor for Epicurean Cure following her appearance at Nine Worlds 2016. This is the first part of an edited two-part version. The Doctor: Hi Catherine! Firstly, tell me in a couple of sentences what your job involves as Head of Pronunciation. Catherine Sangster: My […]more
One of the notable words in the June 2015 Oxford English Dictionary (OED) update was the term African American, which was antedated to more than half a century before the previous earliest citation. The discovery was made by longtime OED contributor Fred R. Shapiro, a librarian at Yale Law School and the editor of The Yale […]more
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, […]more