Dating dictionary review


As entries began to be revised for the OED3 in sequence starting from M, the longest entry became make in 2000, then put in 2007, then run in 2011.

Despite its impressive size, the OED is neither the world's largest nor the earliest exhaustive dictionary of a language.

Many volunteer readers eventually lost interest in the project, as Furnivall failed to keep them motivated. Furnivall believed that, since many printed texts from earlier centuries were not readily available, it would be impossible for volunteers to efficiently locate the quotations that the dictionary needed.

As a result, he founded the Early English Text Society in 1864 and the Chaucer Society in 1868 to publish old manuscripts.

According to the publishers, it would take a single person 120 years to "key in" the 59 million words of the OED second edition, 60 years to proofread them, and 540 megabytes to store them electronically.