The OED online, available using your library ticket

2008-09-10, Comments

The Oxford English Dictionary claims to be:

… the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Certainly, it’s the dictionary I want if I’m interested in the detailed origins of a word. However I don’t have the shelf space or cash for the full size version, the compact version is fiddly to use, and even if this kind of reference suits a digital format, I’m not paying £250 for a CDROM licensed for a single user on a Windows PC.

Luckily I work near enough the Bristol Central Library to be able to drop in; even better, I just discovered I can use my library ticket as a user id to browse the OED online.

Example OED online definition