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I am a dictionary collector and I have more than 300 volumes of English dictionaries. I will find some time to introduce some of them.

Tim

Posted on: 2006/2/25 0:31
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Repost of a message I posted on July 25, 2002 in the newsgroup of tw.bbs.lang.chinese. Somebody posted a message talking about dictionaries and something he got on 60 Minutes (or 60 Minutes II).

The following was my reply to him. (Typo corrected.)

Don't know when it was aired and what it was about. But I think there could be
some misunderstandings involved. The Oxford English Dictionary is based on
historical principles, and this implies it tries to list all the words
traceable since a given time. OED I includes all words since 1150 AD they
could find and some earlier words still in currency. OED II includes all the
words in OED I plus many new words.

Please go to http://www.oed.com/public/guide/editions.html for details.
So if you have a chance to see either OED I or OED II yourself, you should know
it even says something about when a sense of a word fell into disuse.

So what 60 Minutes said on the removal of obsolete (or less-used?) words could
be just about Oxford English dictionaries. Please note the use of lowercase d
and the plural form. It's a common practice for most dictionaries to take away
less-used words in a new edition. This is because they have to keep their
dictionaries within a certain scope.

Tim
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Eenie, meenie, miny, mo.
Presto chango!

Tim is on the run.

Posted on: 2006/2/25 10:27
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