Shakespeare invented more than 1,000 words when he was writing, and now we might be able to find out how. Two New York booksellers believe they have found Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary, John Baret’s An Alvearie or Quadruple Dictionarie. Although scholars aren’t quite convinced, you can read the dictionary in full to decide for yourself.
It takes about 10 years for a new word to pass through the fine-mesh editorial process to publication.
I used to keep a notebook in my pocket in case I came across new words. That worked until I put my trousers in the washing machine.
The Oxford English Dictionary is currently soliciting public help in tracking down "a mysterious, possibly pornographic, 19th-century book from which a number of its quotations are derived."
Meanderings of Memory by Nightlark, from which 51 words in the OED are thought to be sourced, is nowhere to be found
A variable color averaging a vivid reddish orange that is redder, darker, and slightly stronger than chrome orange, redder and darker than golden poppy, and redder and lighter than international orange.
On the poetry to be found in Merriam-Webster's color definitions.
In a sense, the AHD was a line in the sand between prescriptivists like Morris, who insist that one of a dictionary’s primary functions is to make informed distinctions between correct and incorrect uses of words, and descriptivists like Webster III’s makers, who contend that a dictionary’s function is merely to chronicle current practices. Here is Morris’s description of the prescriptivist goal for The American Heritage Dictionary: “It would faithfully record our language, the duty of any lexicographer, but would not, like so many others in these permissive times, rest there. On the contrary, it would add the essential dimension of guidance, that sensible guidance toward grace and precision, which intelligent people seek in a dictionary.” A good dictionary, he added, ought to be “a treasury of information about every aspect of words” and “an agreeable companion.”
After nearly four decades of poring over my first edition of The American Heritage Dictionary – it’s a book that invites you to read it rather than just refer to it — I can report that it has been a most agreeable companion.
—Bill Morris reviews the 5th Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary