Darwin-L Message Log 5:17 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:17>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Wed Jan  5 12:13:19 1994

Date: Wed, 05 Jan 1994 13:18:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: Help sought for the new OED (fwd from LINGUIST)
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

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Date: Tue, 4 Jan 1994 11:22:58 -0600
From: The Linguist List <linguist@tamsun.tamu.edu>
Subject: 5.19 Appeal:  Help on the new Oxford English Dictionary

Date: Tue, 4 Jan 94 09:55:11 GMT
From: ahughes%pride@oup.co.uk (Alan Hughes)
Subject: A New OED

                An Appeal to the Scientific Community

Work has recently begun at Oxford University Press on a comprehensive
revision of the Oxford English Dictionary, to be published in 2005.

As part of the process of revising and updating the Dictionary, we would like
to encourage scientists who have information relevant to the OED to draw it
to our attention.

Such information may include:

        1) the coinages of particular scientific words

        2) factual errors in their definitions

        3) scientific words and meanings not in the OED

        4) earlier referenced examples of words and meanings already
        treated in the dictionary (and later examples of those described
        as obsolete)

Category 4 is especially useful: the OED is a historical dictionary
which attempts to trace every word and meaning back to its earliest known
use in the English language, as well as giving references to the coinages of
foreign precursors of English words.

As an example, Professor Joshua Lederberg has mailed us about the omission
of C. S. Peirce's philosophical sense of `abduction', not recorded in the
OED, and his own coinage of the words `eugram' and `eugraphy'.

Please email oed3@oup.co.uk, or write to the Chief Science Editor, Oxford
English Dictionary, Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK.  And pass this
message on to whomever may be interested.

        Alan Hughes
        Chief Science Editor                    January 1994

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