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The OED and "single-use" words

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Presented at Researching Words 2 session
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The OED has always been a historical dictionary; but it also includes words without a history: those words for which only one illustrative quotation has been found. Are such words in essence synchronic, without a diachronic dimension, and if so is there something unique about them? Or are they simply accidents of time and usage, all "nonce" formations, suitable to only one particular occasion, and without great significance? Recent editing on OED-Online has been able to find more quotations f...

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Oxford English Dictionary, UK
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