From Aardvark to Woke: Inside The Oxford English Dictionary

Pippa Bailey explores the fascinating business of defining a word.

The Oxford English Dictionary remains, in many ways, a Victorian phenomenon, born in an era of remarkable innovation: of railways and steelworks, anthropology and anaesthesia, Charleses Dickens and Darwin. It is difficult, now, when the thought of consulting a paper dictionary seems so analogue, to grasp how audacious it once was to try to capture, for the very first time, every word and make it tell its story.

Source: New Statesman
Published: Jun 22, 2022
Length: 20 minutes (5,148 words)