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The Oxford Dictionary Online (ODO)

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:28 am
by Erik_Kowal
Unlike the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which shows how the words and meanings of English have changed over time, the Oxford Dictionary Online (ODO) focuses on the current language and practical usage.

The ODO's content is based on the New Oxford Dictionary of English (NODE). It focuses on current English and the modern meanings and uses of words. Where words have more than one meaning, the most important and common meanings in modern English are given first, and the less common and more specialist or technical uses are listed afterwards.

Both the OED and the ODO contain a wealth of evidence from real English to show how the words are used in context. In the ODO, this evidence is derived from the 2.3 billion word Oxford English Corpus, a huge databank of 21st century English, and each word sense in the dictionary is linked to a set of sentences that enable one to see how people are currently using the language.

If you are looking for practical help or advice on how to use English in writing and speaking today, the ODO will probably provide you with the information you need.

If you’re also interested in how English has developed over time or if you want to dig deeper into its origins or variations around the world, then the OED is the definitive resource.

My thanks to one of our members, Dante, for drawing my attention to this resource.