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12 Surprising Facts About Dictionaries

12 Surprising Facts About Dictionaries

We think of dictionaries as comprehensive tomes containing everything from antelope and apple to zeitgeist and zootrophy, but early English dictionaries didn't contain any simple, common words. Published in 1828, it contained 70,000 entries and included the first definitions of \"American\" words such as chowder and skunk. Today, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is one of the most respected and widely used dictionaries. Illustrator Jez Burrows has connected these random sentences from the New Oxford American Dictionary into short stories. For example, you can find plenty of rhyming dictionaries and reverse dictionaries (that are organized by a theme rather than alphabetized).

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