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The Oxford English Dictionary needs you! OED Appeals launches online

The Oxford English Dictionary needs you! OED Appeals launches online

04 October 2012

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has announced the launch of OED Appeals, a major online initiative set to involve the public in tracing the history of English words.

Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. Responses will be posted directly to the OED website, fostering a collective effort to find the true roots of our vocabulary, and bringing the public into conversation with the dictionary’s lexicographers.

The OED is Oxford University Press’s flagship English dictionary, and is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

The OED has a long history of involving the public. James Murray, the renowned principal editor of the first edition, launched the first ‘Appeal to Readers’ in 1879. People were invited to read designated books and send in examples of the words they encountered—generating thousands of responses from all over the world.

OED Appeals can be found on the OED website.