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A New Dictionary of the English Language

“One of London’s most despised, drunken, and morally degenerate hack writers…”

For this week’s student dictionary report from the course English 320: History of the English Language…a tale of a particularly roguish lexicographer: Kenrick, William. A New Dictionary of the English Language. London: Printed for J. and F. Rivington, W. Johnston, T. Longman, and T. Cadell, 1773. PE25 .R62 V. 206   Writer William Kenrick was born […]

The Oxford English Dictionary

Sorry you missed it?

If you’ve been quietly sobbing into your copy of the Compact Oxford English Dictionary since missing last Friday’s talk by Professor Stefan Dollinger, dry your eyes! Iva Cheung, a local professional editor and a current student in the UBC course English 320: History of the English Language, wrote a terrific blog post about the event, […]

Lingua Britannica Reformata

Thanks for joining us!

Many thanks to everyone who attended Professor Dollinger’s talk last Friday on the past, present, and possible future(s) of the Oxford English Dictionary. It was entertaining, insightful, and provided lots of food for thought. Even if you weren’t able to make it to the talk, the related exhibition, The Road to the OED: A History […]

An English Dictionary

The OED and Miley Cyrus?!

So what does Miley have to do with the Oxford English Dictionary, you may ask? If anyone can tell us, it’s UBC’s Professor Stefan Dollinger. Professor Dollinger will be giving a talk this Friday, November 15, at 12 p.m. entitled: The Oxford English Dictionary, the Grimm Brothers, and Miley Cyrus On the Changing Expectations of […]

The New World of English Words

Time to hit the road…The Road to the OED!

A new exhibition, The Road to the OED: A History of English-Language Dictionaries, is now up in Rare Books and Special Collections! This exhibition features work done by seven students from the course English 320: History of the English Language. For this class, Professor Laurel Brinton asked each student to select one dictionary from the […]