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An interesting post from the World’s Strongest Librarian blog – why the humble dictionary is the most important tool to build your knowledge of words and their meanings.  http://worldsstrongestlibrarian.com/2224/why-you-should-read-with-a-dictionary/

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It looks like there may not be a print version of the 3rd edition of the Oxford English Dictionary as it is taking shape exclusively in the digital realm. The new OED is 28% completed and expected to be done in ten years. It is a thorough revision of the entire text, expected to cost around $55 million, involving a permanent staff of 70, plus hundreds of freelancers, consultants and volunteers in Oxford and around the world.

Fortunately for WSU Library users, we have a subscription to the constantly updated online version. There are many links to the OED on the Library Website, such as under Reference Shelf | Dictionaries, or you can click on this link to go directly to our subscription site: http://gold.worcester.edu/login?url=http://dictionary.oed.com/entrance.dtl 

For more historical information about the venerable printed OED and the digital version, see David Gleick’s The Oxford English Dictionary Meets Cyberspace that first appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

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Unfriend someone lately?

The New Oxford American Dictionary just announced the winner of its annual Word of the Year contest: unfriend. The winning word choice is explained on the Oxford University Press Blog : “In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year. Most ‘un-‘ prefixed words are adjectives (unacceptable, unpleasant), and there are certainly some familiar ‘un-‘ verbs (uncap, unpack), but ‘unfriend’ is different from the norm. It assumes a verb sense of ‘friend’ that is really not used (at least not since maybe the 17th century!).”

You can connect to the dictionary on the Library Website through our database Oxford Reference Online . Click on the first title in red (middle of the page) English Dictionaries and Thesauruses and then The New Oxford American Dictionary is the first title listed.

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