Do you know if the head of your school is a principal or a principle? Wish you knew the definition of eurhythmic? Wondering where the word smorgasbord originated? Not sure if your interest is piqued or peeked?
This month marks the 131st anniversary of the Oxford English Dictionary’s first publication. This historical dictionary is widely-regarded as the most complete and accurate dictionary in the English language. You can access this great resource for free with your Upper Arlington Public Library card and learn about not only present-day usages of words and phrases, but historical uses as well.
The Oxford English Dictionary updates its entries every three months so you can stay up-to-date on the latest words like hashtag, flexitarian, and selfie. You can find out why (and when) we started using phrases like wardrobe malfunction, first world problem, and Good-enough Morgan. Dazzle your friends by using heterodontosaurid or psychasthenia correctly in a sentence.
Check out the Oxford English Dictionary and learn some fun new words today!