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Word power: the Times claims lead in OED influence

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The Daily Telegraph is pretty pleased with itself today – “You read it here first: words the Telegraph lexiconated”. But not as pleased as the Times – “You read it here first: The Times is biggest source for OED”.Both papers take the relaunch of the Oxford English Dictionary website – and new features listing all the sources for its 3m quotations, and the first written evidence of a word – as an opportunity to highlight their contribution to our mother tongue.

[….] Turns out the Times has more OED quotations than any other source – 36,204 to be precise, 1.16% of the total – ahead of William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott and The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.In terms of first written evidence, the Times scores 1,634 – the fourth highest, behind Philosophical Transactions, Chaucer and 14th century translator John Trevisa.

via Word power: the Times claims lead in OED influence | Media | guardian.co.uk.
The Telegraph has this to say:

From “ageist” (one who discriminates against another person on the basis of their age) to “zedonk” (the offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey), The Daily Telegraph is responsible for 251 words appearing in the august dictionary.
The paper has either coined them – thanks to a particularly imaginative or well-refreshed reporter – or, as is more often the case, been the first publication in the world to use the word in print.
It seems impossible to imagine living without such terms as “drink-driving”, “extradite”, “triathlon”, “alcopop” or “eco-friendly”, but according to the editors of the Dictionary, the great majority of people had never read them until they picked up their copy of The Daily Telegraph that morning.

Perhaps unrelated, but nevertheless interesting is the most popular story right now in the online edition of the paper, namely Eric Clapton’s former partner dedicates poem to Silvio Berlusconi. Read and Learn.

Strange Random Dictionary Quote:

“I am very sorry, but I cannot learn languages. I have tried hard, only to find that men of ordinary capacity can learn Sanskrit in less time that it takes me to buy a German Dictionary” – George Bernard Shaw (Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)

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