The Oxford English Dictionary celebrates its 90th Birthday

The Oxford English Dictionary celebrates its 90th Birthday
Wednesday 2 May 2018

This year marks the 90th birthday of The Oxford English Dictionary. It had a long gestation. Between 1884 and 1928 it was published in parts (called ‘fascicles’) as it was written, and in 1928 the complete work was published in ten volumes, with the title A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles. It was reissued in twelve volumes plus one supplementary volume in 1933, when the title was changed to The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). After additional supplements were published in the 1970s and 1980s, the second edition of the OED was published as a 20-volume edition in 1989. Since 2000 the OED has been an online publication, to which revised and new entries are added four times a year. As part of the birthday celebrations the Australian National Dictionary Centre is joining the OED team in their Words Where You Are appeal. This is an opportunity for people in Australia to contribute uniquely regional and local words to the OED project. We would love to know of words and phrases that are particular to a community, town, or region of Australia. You can contribute these words and phrases directly to the Words Where You Are Appeal at the OED site, or use the hashtag #wordswhereyouare on Twitter. For more information about this appeal and other initiatives throughout the year you can go to the Celebrating 90 Years of the Oxford English Dictionary webpage.

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