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.
Month: October 2016
Watching the detectives
Here’s my guest post on the origins of the word “detective” for the Oxford Dictionaries blog.
I share my birthday with some pretty cool people, including Paul Simon (75 today) and Iona Opie (93 today).
And now I also share it with The Word Detective, which by coincidence was published in the UK today.
Dot Wordsworth on “niche”
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