The Big Issue

Cover of the Scots Magazine from 1739
A cover of the Scots Magazine from 1739

Here’s my article in The Big Issue reflecting on my time at the OED, with a little discussion about the history of the word magazine.

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Dot Wordsworth on “niche”

Frans Snyders, Grapes, Peaches and Quinces in a Niche
Frans Snyders, Grapes, Peaches and Quinces in a Niche (wikimedia commons)

Dot Wordsworth talks about “niche” – “an English word that turned into a French one” – in the Mind Your Language column in The Spectator, here. The article is based on my discussion of the word in The Word Detective, and I’m helpfully described as “not our man in the burka, but the former chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary“.