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The scheme of ‘a completely new English Dictionary’ was conceived in 1858, chiefly as the result of the reading of two papers ‘On some Deficiencies in our English Dictionaries’ by Dr R. C. ...

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Susan Brock

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... English Dictionary , commonly known as OED and now in its second edition ( 1986 ). It is constructed on historical principles, using quotations, listed chronologically, to illustrate the various senses of a word, as well as providing etymology, pronunciation, and derivatives. It includes nearly all the vocabulary of important authors from 1590 to 1660 , including Shakespeare. Susan...

Oxford English Dictionary

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Linguistics
Length:
1,643 words

...Oxford English Dictionary ( OED ) . The foremost dictionary of the English language, initiated by the Philological Society as The New English Dictionary on Historical Principles ( NED ) and published by Oxford University Press, 1st edition 1928 (12 volumes, with later Supplements), 2nd edition 1989 (20 volumes). Shortly after its founding in 1842 , the Philological Society appointed an ‘unregistered words committee’ to collect English words not listed in existing dictionaries, and its members, Herbert Coleridge , Frederick Furnivall , and ...

Oxford English Dictionary, The

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
Length:
363 words

... English Dictionary, The The scheme of ‘a completely new English Dictionary’ was conceived in 1858 , chiefly as the result of the reading of two papers ‘On some Deficiencies in Our English Dictionaries’ by Richard Trench to the Philological Society in 1857 . Herbert Coleridge ( 1830–61 ), and after him Frederick Furnivall , were the first editors. Their work consisted mainly in the collection of materials, and it was not until James Murray took over in 1878 that the preparation of the dictionary took shape. The first part ( A–Ant ) was published...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
428 words

... English Dictionary, The The scheme of ‘a completely new English Dictionary’ was conceived in 1858 , chiefly as the result of the reading of two papers ‘On some Deficiencies in Our English Dictionaries’ by Richard Trench to the Philological Society in 1857 . Herbert Coleridge ( 1830–61 ), and after him Frederick Furnivall , were the first editors. Their work, which covered twenty years, consisted mainly in the collection of materials, and it was not until James Murray took over in 1878 that the preparation of the dictionary took shape. The...

New [Oxford] English Dictionary

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
424 words

... [ Oxford ] English Dictionary In 1857 , Richard Trench presented a paper ‘On Some Deficiencies in Our English Dictionaries’ to the Philological Society of London, initiating a re-examination of the English language. Two decades of interest by the Society resulted in many publications, and the founding of the *Early English Text Society . A dictionary—planned in 1859 to include all English words beginning with early Middle English ( c .1150 ) in four *volumes (6,400 pages)—was to be finished in ten years. The task proved larger and more complex than...

The Oxford English Dictionary

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
2,899 words

...Oxford English Dictionary Launched by the Philological Society in 1857 , and named A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles on all its title pages but soon also called the Oxford English Dictionary or OED , the first edition came out in 125 installments from 1884 through 1928 . The finished text ran to 15,487 large quarto pages, three columns to a page, with—the heart of the dictionary—more than 1,800,000 quotations documenting actual usage. Writing in the first installment, the editor James A. H. Murray stated that the dictionary's aim...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
80 words
Oxford English Dictionary

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
75 words
Oxford English Dictionary

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
142 words
Oxford English Dictionary

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The scheme of ‘a completely new English Dictionary’ was conceived in 1858, chiefly as the result of the reading of two papers ‘On some Deficiencies in our English Dictionaries’ by Dr R. C. Trench to ...
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Margaret Gelling

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
5,757 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...volumes. By 1922 the study of English place‐names had attracted the attention of Swedish philologists, and their contributions, particularly those of Eilert Ekwall , were of the utmost importance in the development of the subject. From 1922 up to the period of the Second World War the study took two main forms: the production of an annual English Place‐Name Society regional volume, and the publication of Ekwall's great dictionaries The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place‐Names ( 1935 , 4th edn, 1960 ) and English River‐Names ( 1928 ). There...

English, Scottish, and Anglo-Irish Family Names

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Peter McClure and Patrick Hanks

Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
13,029 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Dobson, E. J. (1968): English Pronunciation 1500–1700 . 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Dorward, David (2003): Scottish Surnames . Edinburgh: Mercat Press. Hanks, Patrick , and Flavia Hodges (1988): A Dictionary of Surnames . Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hanks, Patrick , and Flavia Hodges (2001): Concise Dictionary of First Names . 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hanks, Patrick , Richard Coates , and Peter McClure , eds (2016): Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland . Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hey,...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,614 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Samuel *Johnson 's Dictionary of the English Language ( 1755 ). Johnson's use of literary illustrations implied that a native English tradition should determine correct usage. In practice these authorities were mainly drawn from the literature of the previous century, a third of them from the works of * Shakespeare , * Milton , and Dryden alone, which Johnson regarded as ‘the wells of English undefiled’. Where the French academies attempted to regulate language by means of rational principles, Johnson conformed to ‘the spirit of English liberty’ by...

Surnames

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David Hey

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
5,649 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...connection with others who spell their name differently are mistaken. British and Irish scholars lead the field in the study of the etymology of surnames; see P. H. Reaney , The Origins of English Surnames ( 1967 ), P. H. Reaney and R. M. Wilson , A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd rev. edn, 1997 ), Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges , The Oxford Dictionary of Surnames ( 1988 ), Edward MacLysaght , The Surnames of Ireland (6th edn, 1989 ), Robert Bell , The Book of Ulster Surnames ( 1988 ), George F. Black , The Surnames of Scotland:...

Antiquarianism (Popular)

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
6,164 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...about human wants and his eye for the grotesque. Also in 1785 , the year after the death of Johnson, whose great Dictionary ( 1755 ) enshrined the resources of the written language and of educated speech, Grose issued his account of informal English, the Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue . The first edition contained 3,000 words, the third ( 1796 ) 4,000. Like its French model, Le Roux 's Satirical and Burlesque Dictionary ( 1718 ), the book contains offensive words and insults directed at unpopular groups, such as the higher clergy,...

Arabic and Muslim Family Names

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David Justice

Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
6,700 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Justice, David (1987): The Semantics of Form in Arabic, in the Mirror of European Languages . Amsterdam and Philadelphia: J. Benjamins Pub. Co. Roochnik, Paul , and Salahuddin Ahmed (2003): ‘Arabic and Muslim family names’, in Patrick Hanks , ed., Dictionary of American Family Names . Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. xcix–cii. Schimmel, Annemarie (1995): Islamic Names . Edinburgh: Edinburgh University...

20a The History of the Book in Britain, c.1475–1800

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Andrew Murphy

The Oxford Companion to the Book

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
6,077 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...publishing enterprises in the English university towns. *Rood began printing at Oxford in 1481 and *Siberch commenced work at Cambridge in 1519 ; neither venture was particularly successful. In the 1580s , Joseph Barnes and Thomas *Thomas carried out some printing at, respectively, Oxford and Cambridge, but it was not until the late 17 th century in Oxford and the very early 18 th century in Cambridge that the university presses were established in something approximating their modern form. At Oxford, the key figure was the vice-chancellor...

Domestic Buildings

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Malcolm Airs

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
6,135 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...site. Housing of any status was often designed by professional architects, and biographical dictionaries provide the basic information on their lives and works. John Harvey , English Mediaeval Architects (rev. edn, 1984 ; suppl., 1987 ), covers the period to 1550 , and Sir Howard Colvin deals with the period from 1600 to 1840 in his Biographical Dictionary of British Architects (new edn, 2008 ). For Ireland there is Rolf Loeber, A Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Ireland, 1600–1720 ( 1981 ), and the architects of the Victorian period are...

Irish and Scottish Gaelic Family Names

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Kay Muhr

Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
6,512 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...of Gaelic and Planter Origin . Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Mitchison, R. (1993): ‘The Clearances’, in David Daiches , ed., The New Companion to Scottish Culture . 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Polygon. Muhr, Kay , and L. Ó hAisibéil (2021): A Dictionary of Family Names of Ireland . Oxford: Oxford University Press. O’Brien, M. A. (1962): Corpus Genealogiarum Hiberniae 1. Dublin: The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Ó Corráin, Donnchadh , and Fidelma Maguire (1990): Irish Names . 2nd ed. Dublin: The Lilliput Press. Ó Droighneáin, M. , and...

39 The History of the Book in the Indian Subcontinent

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Abhijit Gupta

The Oxford Companion to the Book

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
10,070 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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...the Madras presidency—would take precedence over mission work. Soon the SPCK acquired its own press: the English war booty was returned to Fort St George, where it was renamed the Government Press, while the Vepery Press now became the SPCK Press. It was on this press that Fabricius printed his famous Tamil–English dictionary in 1779 . In 1793 the Press produced a Tamil translation of The * Pilgrim’s Progress : this was a bilingual edition, with English on the left and Tamil on the right side of every page. In many ways the fortunes of the Pondicherry press...

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