Current Events & Trends | September 2010 |
So long, OED
Last week, Oxford University Press announced that the upcoming third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary will only go to press "if there is enough demand for the printed volume when it becomes ready," reported the AP. Otherwise, it shall dwell somewhere in the Internet ether. Lest you think that I'm going to write its obit. here (there's a lovely one on the New Yorker blog already), I'm merely positing a question: is the OED now a collectible? Dictionaries are quite desirable -- in our current summer quarterly, we interview author Ammon Shea about his lexicography collection (he found a 1933 OED set for $200 at a used bookstore), and several years back, Nick Basbanes wrote a profile of dictionary collector Breon Mitchell.