Thursday, January 6, 2011

Where did that word come from?

Have you ever wondered not just the meaning of a word, but where it came from and how it has been used over its history?

The answer can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary. With each definition is a chronologically arranged set of quotations showing the usage of the word over time. Definitions and quotations are not the only thing you will find in the OED. You will also find the etymology and pronunciation including regional variances.
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