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John Simpson awarded OBE

Former OED Chief Editor John Simpson has received an OBE for his services to literature. Find out more here.


June 2014 update

What's new: Our latest update focuses on the language of World War I. Explore our illustrated timeline highlighting 100 Words that Define the First World War. Learn more about the latest revisions and new words from this update including copernicium, hashtag, selfie, and wardrobe malfunction.

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opsimath, n.


A person who begins to learn or study late in life.

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