Richard Holden, Online Editor for Oxford Dictionaries, discusses the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013: selfie. Watch the video below to discover why this word was chosen, what the earliest known usage of ‘selfie’ is, and which related terms have already been created. Want to find out more? Explore the rise of ‘selfie’ […]
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, […]
Enjoy a whistle-stop tour of the history of dictionaries by Lynda Mugglestone, the author of Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction, as she succinctly explains why we shouldn’t underestimate the dictionary. And find out which wonderful word means: ‘one whose hair was never cut’. Follow the Very Short Introductions series on Facebook
This video offers a quick history of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
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