Joanne M. Despres jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Tue Sep 23 14:34:31 UTC 2003

On 23 Sep 2003, at 9:35, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> This is no longer OED's policy; we now give words in the order of
> the evidence, regardless of what our expectations are for the
> word's development. We do add notes if necessary to explain why
> we think that something may have derived from a later-attested
> sense.

Sorry for having forgotten about OED's change of policy, Jesse.
Am I correct in thinking that this change was motivated in part by
the availability of a great deal of new documentary evidence that
put many "illogical" orderings right?


Joanne M. Despres, Senior Editor
Merriam-Webster, Inc.
jdespres at merriam-webster.com

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