Category Archives: Dictionaries

The Oxford English Dictionary: The First Crowdsourcing Project?

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added the word “crowdsourcing” in its most recent quarterly online update. While the term was coined by Jeff Howe in 2006, after the Word Wide Web has made it easier to solicit “input from a large … Continue reading

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Erin McKean (Wordnik) @TED: The Joy of Lexicography

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The Empirical Lexicographer

Lexicographer: A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words–Samuel Johnson After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley’s ingenious … Continue reading

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This Day In Information (Extra!): OED, 1st Volume

Today in 1884, the first part (or “fascicle“) of the Oxford English Dictionary was published, a 352-page volume, defining words from A to Ant. The full title of the dictionary when it was first released was A New English Dictionary … Continue reading

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