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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the preeminent resource on the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words in the English language.

Ever wonder when the word party was first used as a verb an in what context? What do snogging and canoodle mean, and where did they come from?  The OED has the answers.

The Bailey/Howe has the the 20 volume print edition of the OED (PE1625 .O87 1989 Reference) and the regularly updated electronic version of the OED.

The electronic version has additional features not available in the print edition, such as:

Lastly, the electronic version of the OED provides¬† downloadable search tools that make it easy for you to add an OED search box to your browser’s toolbar or include a full OED search box on your web page.

Give it a try today!

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