THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: The Oxford English Dictionary was published in London

On 1st February 1884, the first fascicle of the world's foremost authority on the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, was published for the first time. 

The volume contained all entries starting from A till the word Ant.

It was 352 pages long, cost 12/6 and sold 4,000 copies.

Initially, the editors thought it would take ten years to complete, but the entire project took 40 years.

Eventually, the dictionary ran to ten volumes, and contained over 400,000 words and phrases. The final volume wasn't published until 1928.

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