The Telegraph and the OED

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Tue Nov 30 19:19:29 UTC 2010

Ben Zimmer wrote:

> To celebrate the OED's new online interface, The Daily Telegraph is
> rather hilariously claiming to have "coined" the 251 words for which
> the OED currently credits it with the first known citation:

I've been having fun with this, too. My current best is taking "underdog"
back from the Daily Telegraph in 1887 to the US in 1859 (in the Hudson
Chronicle of Wisconsin) and I strongly suspect this could easily be
bettered with a little more work. I gave up after antedating three words:
it's just too easy!

Did you notice that the print edition of the Telegraph introduced the word
"lexiconated"? I guess this means "be the first known user of a word that
subsequently appears in a major dictionary". The chances of its becoming
the 252nd word in the list seems slight.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words

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