And a quick note to herald the arrival of the latest updates to OED Online. These, published yesterday, represent a quiet revolution in historical lexicography, as the new published material consists of high-profile ranges of words revised out of sequence (much as the OED has for some years added high-profile new entries across the alphabet), rather than the next part of the normal alphabetical rolling revision (currently complete from M to quit shilling). More info about the out-of-sequence revision here.
I worked on some of these entries myself (and no, I'm not saying which ones), so it's good to see them available to the public.
# Alex Steer (14/03/2008)