Yes, I know it sounds like something from Dr Seuss, but the OED doesn't actually begin with the first letter of the alphabet. There are 17 entries that precede it, all of which are numbers or incorporate numbers. The very first entry is in fact this one:0800 number, n.[O n.2 + EIGHT a. + HUNDRED … Continue reading Wait, there’s something before "A"?
Here's the deal. We'll see how long I can keep this up, but I intend to read through the OED and post a word (or perhaps two) each day along with the definition and some other details. It won't be every word (I don't think I'll live that long), but rather words that I did … Continue reading A to Z