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The Age of the Dictionary

The History of English in 10 minutes - Chapter 7 (OU)

The Age of the Dictionary

Comprehension

  1. What is a lexicographer?
  2. Who was one of the first compilers of a dictionary and how many years did it take him to finish it?
  3. How many entries did it have?
  4. What was standardised in the dictionaries? Why was that necessary?
  5. Which modern dictionary is mentioned and when did it first appear?

Discussion

  1. How many entries do you think the Oxford English Dictionary has today? Fun Language Facts
  2. Do you know what the following words mean?
    • crinkum-crankum
    • exigency
    • flibbertigibbet
    • balderdash
    • doddle
  3. What makes it necessary to continually revise dictionaries?

Suggested Further Reading

  1. The Origins of the English Language
  2. Why So Much Variety in English?

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English as a world language

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    English Around the World

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    English - World Language Number One

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    And the Millionth Word is . . .

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    The Origins of the English Language

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    English Spreading Worldwide

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    English in Britain

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    Why So Much Variety in English?

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    Global English

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    Why is English So Popular?

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    Fun Language Facts

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    English-Speaking Countries - Task

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    English as a Global Language Quiz

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    Norwenglish

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    Word origin - 2

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    Word origin - 1

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    Global English

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    Anglo-Saxon

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    The Norman Conquest

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    Shakespeare's language

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    The King James Bible

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    The English of Science

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    English and Empire

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    American English

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    Internet English

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    Ages of English Timeline

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