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Oxford English dictionary additions series. Volume 1
Simpson, John.
Publication Information:
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press, [1993]

Physical Description:
xiii, 329 pages ; 25 cm
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PE1625 .O92 1993 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This is the first of three volumes in a major series supplementing the acclaimed Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Each volume contains 3,000 new words and meanings presented in the style of the OED. representing a variety of work-in-progress from across the alphabetical range,covering words and meanings that have recently entered the language as well as the results of further research on items already included. With over 12,000 illustrative quotations showing the evolution of each word or meaning, these volumes are not only testimony to the continual development of our living language, but also a compelling browse. Words from around the world: Britain: assisted place, steaming North America: metroplex, statie Australia: boatie, rego New Zealand: patete, spiker South Africa: Broederbond, patha patha Caribbean: ping-wing, Ras Wide coverage of subjects: Politics: Broad Left Medicine: burstectomy Broadcasting: squarial Computing: Unix Natural History: nectarivore Literature: narratology Science: quasicrystal, bijection Ecology: biohazardous Sport: bases-loaded, forkball New loan-words: shuriken (Japanese) Shoah (Hebrew) pisteur (French) norteamericano (Spanish) Details of first appearance: best boy (1937) Pasionara (1969) prodrug (1968) muesli belt (1981) sous vide (1986.

Author Notes

Editors of the Second Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary

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Booklist Review

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Choice Review

Not a two-volume set, but two independent A-Z collections, these were designed to supplement the 2nd edition of The Oxford English Dictionary (1989). Future update volumes will be printed regularly as new work accumulates. When the 3rd edition is eventually published, these volumes can be discarded. Meanwhile, they make fascinating reading. They include not only new words ("squark") but also old words previously not cited in the OED ("spitzer"), additional senses for old words, new collections, and new phrases ("split time," "split-fingered fastball"). The work is printed as completed, so that the volumes are uneven. Volume 1 has only one entry for "U" (Unix) and none for "X," "Y," or "Z," but volume 2 contains about 300 "U" entries, 11 "X" entries, about 60 "Y" entries, and 40 "Z" entries. Each volume has approximately 3,000 entries and subsenses, and volume 2 includes a cumulative index that will be continued in future volumes. Work is of the high quality expected for the OED. Recommended for academic libraries because it will represent the only updating of the OED for many years to come.