OED

That Beano word ‘scoff’ was first coined in the mid-19th century

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Scarcely a sober breath has been drawn in my house all week for celebrating the 90th anniversary of the completion…

No book title is so widely mispronounced as Wuthering Heights

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Haworth is in a constant simmer of Brontë anniversary fever. It is looking forward to Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday next…

Mind your language: Box set

23 January 2016 9:00 am

There is no chance whatsoever of box set being replaced by the more correct form boxed set. So stop seething…

A bitter struggle with the dictionary

30 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Don’t mind if I do,’ is one of husband’s stock phrases — jokes he would think them — in this…

After ‘literally’, is it time to start a Neighbourhood Watch for the OED?

24 August 2013 9:00 am

There was outrage last week when it was found that the Oxford English Dictionary had listed one sense of literally…