Daily Archives: September 3, 2017

Merriam-Webster’s new etymology tool is both educational and terrifying · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club

The cool thing about the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is that it is referential and contextual. Which is to say, the definitions come from printed usage, with meanings determined by context. One of the advantages of this is you can trace the history of a word’s meanings back through time, with citations showing the literary usage (a great non-fiction book about this is The Professor and the Madman, which I highly recommend reading).  Continue reading

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