Thursday, February 07, 2008

Birthday of Sir James Murray

Today is the birthday of Lexicographer Sir James Murray. According to The Writer's Almanac, Murray "was born in Denholm, Scotland (1837). He was the president of the Philological Society in London, and in 1879 he became the editor of a 10-year project called the New English Dictionary (later known as the Oxford Dictionary). When he died in 1915, more than 30 years after he started work on it, Murray had compiled roughly half of the entries in the Oxford English Dictionary."

We offer access to both the print and online versions of this resource. Come to the Library and check out the print OED in our Reference Collection or click here to access the OED Online.

The OED contains definitions, etymologies, alternate spellings, and early quotations and time-lines for words in English.

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