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O.E.D. Editor Michael Proffitt Says The Time For Dictionaries Has Come

oedIn a profile piece with The New York TimesMichael Proffitt, the new chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary sounded optimistic about the future of the dictionaries.

“My idea about dictionaries is that, in a way, their time has come,” he told The Times. “People need filters much more than they did in the past.”

In Proffitt’s opinion, the only way to connect the O.E.D. to modern readers is to make it available digitally and to make it searchable for digital readers. “As much as I adhere to the O.E.D.’s public reputation. I want proof that it is of value to people in terms of practical use,” he explained to The Times.

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Oxford English Dictionary Editor John Simpson To Retire

Oxford English Dictionary chief editor John Simpson has decided to retire in October 2013.

Simpson has been a member of the editorial staff at the celebrated dictionary since 1976. He assumed the chief editor post in 1993, only the seventh editor to hold that prestigious post since 1879. During his time at the post, a staggering 60,000 new words and meanings have been added to the dictionary.

Editorial project director Michael Proffitt will assume the chief editor post in November.  Principal etymologist Philip Durkin will serve as deputy chief editor alongside current deputy chief editor Edmund Weiner.

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