Emily Dickinson
ghost and cat
Brothers Grimm
According to the OED the word 'detective' just didn’t occur to us in the sixteenth, seventeenth, or eighteenth centuries, from which we infer that we had no pressing need for it.
Words invented for existing concepts to distinguish them from something new are known as retronyms.
Among the slips of paper Arthur Maling used for his work on the letter W are the wrappers for at least five different varieties of chocolate.
Now a pronunciation editor, Matthew Moreland had the pleasure of being one of OED’s speakers periodically for a couple of years.
It has been claimed that 52 percent of words in use aren’t included in dictionaries – is this true? Elyse Graham investigates how this figure arose, and suggests why it’s not quite right.