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Language by the (ever-evolving) book

The Oxford English Dictionary seeks to be of relevance to both traditionalists of the language and new users in an era of Googled searches and texting
Jan 24, 2014 6:00 AM

TO compile a dictionary of nearly every word in the English language was an endeavour typical of Victorian times, complete with white-bearded gentlemen, utter confidence and an endearingly plodding pace. After a quarter-century, the first instalment emerged in 1884. Its contents? "A to Ant."