Synopses & Reviews
The Oxford English Dictionary has been hailed as "the greatest work in dictionary making ever undertaken" by the New York Times. When the 20-volume second edition was published in 1989, Time magazine called it "an inexhaustible record of what we have written and the foundation for what we may yet come to invent." Now, to this landmark resource come the first two volumes of a major series supplementing the OED. Each volume contains 3,000 new words and meaning present in OED style, drawn from around the world (British words such as assisted place and steaming, North American words such as metroplex and statie, and South African words such as Broederbond and patha patha). These new words cover a wide variety of subject (Broad left from politics, burstectomy from medicine, nectarivore from natural history, biohazardous from ecology, bases-loaded from sports), and include loan words (shuriken from the Japanese, norteamericano from the Spanish). With over 20,000 illustrative quotations showing the evolution of each word or meaning, these volumes are not only testimony to the continual development of our living language, but also a rich and compelling browse. The OED Additions series will be essential for all owners of the complete OED.
The first in a major series of volumes supplementing the Second Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, OED Additions Volume 1 contains 3,000 new words and meanings presented in OED style, and represents work-in-progress from across the alphabetic range.