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Oxford Taps Crowds To Learn Words' Histories

Oct 4, 2012 (Talk of the Nation) — The Oxford English Dictionary has put out a call for help. Editors hope the public will be able to fill in the blanks about many English words and phrases. For example, "Can you provide evidence of 'bellini' before 1965?" and "Did John le Carre coin the phrase: 'Come in from the cold'"?

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Katherine Martin, head of U.S. dictionaries, Oxford University Press. Check out the OED appeals here.

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