The Oxford English Dictionary turns a sprightly 125 on the 1st of February. Sure it's put on a few pounds but honestly there's just more of it to love. According to Wikipedia it would take a person 120 years to type the 59 million words of the OED second edition, 60 years to proofread it, and 540 megabytes to electronically store it. The Oxford English dictionary's latest, complete print edition was printed in 20 volumes, comprising 291,500 entries in 21,730 pages.
The first publication of the Oxford English Dictionary came on February 1st 1884 and was titled A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by The Philological Society. It was 382 pages and contained the words beginning with A to Ant. The project would not see completion until 19 April 1928, a full 67 years after the project began and 44 years after the first fascicle was published.
In other wordy news, an online dictionary just released what they consider the 100 most beautiful words in English.... Here are the top ten:
|2||adumbrate||To very gently suggest.|
|3||aestivate||To summer, to spend the summer.|
|5||beatific||Befitting an angel or saint.|
|6||beleaguer||To exhaust with attacks.|
|7||blandiloquent||Beautiful and flattering.|
|8||caliginous||Dark and misty.|
|9||champagne||An effervescent wine.|
|10||chatoyant||Like a cat's eye.|