The new on-line OED -- quotations missing?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Dec 1 23:22:12 UTC 2010

A partial apology:

I now think I may have written down 1714 and 1819 and then thought
they were both for "chit chat way"!  But of course I can't prove or
disprove that any more.  ;-)

In any case, my two other crabs are probably still valid, at least to
the extent that I don't know how to overcome them.


At 12/1/2010 05:08 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>The print version of the OED 2nd edition has only the 1714 and 1819
>attributive quotations, so I am not sure why there would have been
>many quotations for this online last week.
>From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
>Joel S. Berson [Berson at ATT.NET]
>Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 4:46 PM
>Subject: The new on-line OED -- quotations missing?
>Last week, with the former on-line OED interface, under "chit-chat,
>n." sense 2.b., "small talk"/attrib., there were many quotations,
>including two for "chit chat way".  Now there are only 2 quotations,
>1714 for "Chit-Chat Club" and 1819 for "chit-chat letters".
>This entry is now called "Second edition, 1989; online version
>November 2010".  Has material been removed for this "November 2010" version?
>And when I request the "Previous version", to get what is called
>"From the second edition (1989)", I still don't see the former,
>lengthier set of 2.b., attrib. quotations.
>What's happened?
>I'm also disturbed that:
>It requires extra work to suppress the pronunciation and
>etymology.  And in the "From the second edition (1989)" display, I
>don't see any way to suppress it.
>When a "cross reference" (to "chat") was overlaid, I saw no way to
>remove it (and see again what it was hiding).
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