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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the principal historical dictionary of the English language, published by Oxford University Press (OUP).What is the history of the Dictionary?
The dictionary began as a Philological Society project of a small group of intellectuals in London (and unconnected to Oxford University ): Richard Chenevix Trench, Herbert Coleridge, and Frederick Furnivall, who were dissatisfied with the existing English dictionaries.When did the Oxford English Dictionary go CD-ROM?
In 1992 the Oxford English Dictionary again made history when a CD-ROM edition of the work was published. Suddenly a massive, twenty-volume work that takes up four feet of shelf space and weighs 150 pounds is reduced to a slim, shiny disk that takes up virtually no space and weighs just a few ounces.Is the OED the world's largest dictionary?
Despite its considerable size, the OED is neither the world's largest nor the earliest exhaustive dictionary of a language. Another earlier large dictionary is the Grimm brothers' dictionary of the German language, begun in 1838 and completed in 1961.