Dictionaries and Meanings

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Arts, Humanities
Provider:
British Library
Collection:
British Library
Level:
Secondary, Post-secondary
Abstract:

This site traces the history of English dictionaries from the 1500s to the present day. You can examine how words change their meaning over time, and how scholars have argued over ideas of 'correct' spellings. We have included extracts from a whole range of dictionaries: from 16th century spelling lists and the first English dictionary ever written; from lexicons of criminal slang and Georgian swear words; from Dr Johnson's famous dictionary of 1755; from dictionaries of Caribbean English and Yiddish; and from the world-famous Oxford English Dictionary.

Language:
English
Material Type:
Activities and Labs, Other
Media Format:
Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML, Other

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