Track 7: The Age of the Dictionary

A look at how lexicographers started creating the Dictionary of the English Language to ensure that everyone spelt words correctly and knew their correct definition.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Anglo-Saxon    A look at what words the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings bought to the English language. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">Anglo-Saxon</ins>
2 The Norman Conquest    In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded Britain and bought with him fancy French words to add to the English language. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">The Norman Conquest</ins>
3 Shakespeare    This video tells us that Shakespeare invented over 2000 new words and phrases like eyeball, anchovy and puppy. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">Shakespeare</ins>
4 The King James Bible    Illustrating that in 1611, the new King James Bible was created and gave us many famous phrases. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">The King James Bible</ins>
5 The English of Science    In the 17th Century, new science words were being created like acid, ovary and tonsil. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">The English of Science</ins>
6 English and Empire    Exploring how the British Empire spread across the world bringing back many new words and phrases. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">English and Empire</ins>
7 The Age of the Dictionary    A look at how lexicographers started creating the Dictionary of the English Language to ensure that everyone spelt words correctly and knew their correct definition. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">The Age of the Dictionary</ins>
8 American English    Learn about American-English and how some American words were actually English to start with. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">American English</ins>
9 Internet English    Exploring the expansion of internet language, with abbreviations like lol and btw. Play now <ins class="podcastTop">Internet English</ins>
10 Global English    The future of English and the many hybrids that have been created. Should we still call it English? Play now <ins class="podcastTop">Global English</ins>