Jan 7, 2011
The Oxford English Dictionary is the largest lexical compendium of our language. It attempts to exhaustively collect all words in English along with published example sentences. And unlike most dictionaries, it includes obsolete words as well, so that it serves not only as a dictionary for today, but a history of English as well.
Obviously, it’s a big book.
Of course, most people nowadays would prefer this amount of data to simply be on their computers. And it is…for $295 a year.
But not right now…
This month you can use the OED online for free. Simply enter “trynewoed” as your name and password.
And if this amazing reference book intrigues you as much as it does me, you may be interested in Ammon Shea’s book Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages or in Simon Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (which, believe it or not, is as compelling as the title would have you believe).
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