W.H. Auden

Oh the nerdity

W.H. Auden trawled the Oxford English Dictionary for old and obscure words, some of which he employed in his poetry. He was so fond of the OED that he often took a volume of it to bed at night. We here in Wordville understand that.

Thus there is joy in Wordville, along with what might be described as excitement, at news of developments in lexicography.

We find out from Allan Metcalf at Lingua Franca that Webster's New World College Dictionary, which appeared to be dormant, perhaps even moribund, under John Wiley's ownership, has been sold to...