how to use the oed

William C. Dowling, an English professor at Rutgers University, provides a nice handout for undergraduates on how (and why) to use the Oxford English Dictionary.

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  1. I’ve just committed this little bit to memory:

    The people who understand how to use the OED, and who make a habit of using it every time they are having trouble with a line of poetry or a difficult prose sentence, have lives incomparably richer and more fulfilling than those who have never learned this skill.
    They are an elect company, an angelic host biding their time here on earth. They are educated men and women.
    Welcome to their number.

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