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SUPPLEMENT CONTAINS WORDS CREATED IN 20TH CENTURY
Oxford English dictionary upted
LONDON (AP)- What's a patootie and where's chfield's "Supplement to the Oxford English Die- The writer, no doubt leaning on memory instead of
another place to serve porridge? The answers are in tionary" costs $95 and runs to 1,596 triple-column picking up an Oxford dictionary, misspelled
the latest installment of the "Supplement to the Ox- pages. Eskimos.
ford English Dictionary," advancing the 20th century THE FIRST volume of the four-part supplement Elizabeth Knight, spokeswoman for the publishers,
lexicon from the words 0 to Scythism. came out in 1972 and the last installment is due in said lexicographers estimate about 450 words come
A patootie is a sweetheart, girlfriend or pretty girl. 1985. into use every year, "but many of them are older
/ In addition to its usual place at the breakfast table, They list words newly in use or discovered after the than you might think."
porridge can be served in jail-it's slang for a prison original "Oxford English Dictionary On Historical EXAMPLES ARE "ongoing," which has a com-
sentence. Principles" was published in 12 volumes from 1884 to puter-speak sound but was used by the publisher of
PLONK, FOR those who don't know, is cheap wine. 1928. The original is regarded as the master dir- novelist George Eliot in 1877. "This edition will be a
Definitions of these and 18,747 other words-as well tionary of the language. steady ongoing thing," he wrote.
as descriptions of their first use in print-were In an editorial headlined "Words, Words, Words," Overbook is what airlines do when they sell more
published yesterday in the hefty new dictionary from the Times of London said of the latest supplement: tickets than seats, but it dates from 1903 when
Oxford University Press, arbiter of the meaning and "IT IS A worthy installment of the publication con- theaters were doing it.
history of the English language. ceived in 1858, which has given the British the Paperback was used in 1899, punch line in 1921 and
From 0-a blood group-to Scythism-a Russian reputation for dictionaries that the Swiss have for photocopy in 1924.
literary movement-the third volume of Robert Bur- watches and the Eskimoes for igloos."
A photograph appearing in yester- distributing free literature. The caption
day's Daily showed two members of the stated that the literature was being
Hare Krishna religious group sold. The Daily regrets the error.
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