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From cottage-garden to Wild West: Charlotte Brontë and the OED

 

Charlotte Brontë is renowned around the world for her 1847 novel Jane Eyre. With an intelligent and impassioned heroine,…

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Pronunciation: məˈlôrd
noun
used to address an English nobleman

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A bibliographic mystery: can you find a copy of Mathematick Rules?

 

From time to time, we like to ask your help with some Oxford English Dictionary (OED) research – the OED has been crowdsourcing…