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April 19, 2013

The OED, the Professor & the Madman

James Murray

James Murray

On this date in 1928, the final volume of the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. The original estimate was that the complete four-volume set would take ten years; when it took five years to get to “ant,” the editors knew they had underestimated spectacularly. They did not know that they were being significantly helped by a contributor from the insane asylum.

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