Tag: J. R. R. Tolkien
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In the last installment of What in the Word?!, we saw how the military tank began as a secret British codeword for the armored vehicle during World War I. This edition, let’s continue with the vehicles-of-the-Great-War theme and dig deep into blimp. Sky-high etymologies First employed for convoy and patrol in World War I, a […]more
The 13th of August 2017 marks 150 years since the birth of William Craigie, the third editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. By the time William Alexander Craigie first came to be mentioned as a possible third editor of the OED, in the summer of 1897, he had already done several things that neither of his […]more
Of the many tales told by J. R. R. Tolkien – fantasy writer, and former OED lexicographer- about his created world of Middle-earth, one of the most moving is the tale of Beren and Lúthien: the mortal man who fell in love with an immortal elvish princess, their heroic deeds, and how ultimately Lúthien chose […]more