Thursday, March 14

NEWS FROM THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
The latest quarterly update to OED Online is now available at www.oed.com.

EXPLORE OVER 1700 NEW AND REVISED ENTRIES...
Newly published material in the range "mid" to "Mirzapur" could help you to:
...migrate a million miles with the Milanese military
...mildly mill minerals in the Midlands
...feed mints to a miniature minotaur at midnight
...mirthfully mime a minuet with a minstrel
The full list of new and revised entries is available at www.oed.com/public/help/quarterly.htm.

CHECK OUT THE LATEST BUZZ WORDS...
What is the origin of the term "ethnic cleansing", and when was it first used? Who was the first to coin the phrase "fashion victim"? Find the answers to these questions, and also discover more about the meanings of over 150 new words and senses outside the range of the mainstream OED revision - everything from "chattering classes" to "chocoholics", from "fantasy football" to "ball-tampering", from "executive decision" to "executive toy", and from "bog-standard" to "blow a gasket"! The complete list of out-of-sequence new entries is available at www.oed.com/public/help/Dict/Quarterly/0203a.htm.

"THE NEW OED ONLINE IS EVEN BETTER THAN BEFORE" - LIBRARY JOURNAL, MARCH 2002
Have you had a chance to take a look at the NEW ADVANCED SEARCH functionality that was introduced in January? Developed in response to feedback from users, the new features enable far more powerful and flexible searching of the Dictionary than ever before possible. We do hope that you will see for yourself just how easy it is to find answers to complex queries - and please alert your library users too! Full information and tutorial searches are available at http://dictionary.oed.com/help/.

NEW ISSUE OF OED NEWS...
The March issue of OED News is now available at www.oed.com/public/news/0203.htm and can also be downloaded as a PDF file. One of the highlights of this issue is an article showing just how important information from readers is to OED lexicographers, and how the exclamation "Doh" was antedated as a result of a reader's contribution. Now we are asking if anyone can prove that the phrase to "do someone's head in" was used before 1989, or if to "get one's head round" was used between 1922 and 1981? If you can help, please e-mail mailto:oed3.oup.co.uk.

OXFORD REFERENCE ONLINE IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Oxford University Press is delighted to announce the imminent launch of Oxford Reference Online: The Core Collection (www.oxfordreference.com). Described by the UK national newspaper The Guardian as "a giant reference work that dwarfs any book in history", Oxford Reference Online: The Core Collection is a huge and comprehensive resource that contains 100 dictionaries and reference titles covering the complete subject spectrum: from General Reference, Language and Quotations to Science and Medicine, and from Humanities and Social Sciences to Business and Professional. Please see www.oxfordreference.com for further information.