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Abbott’s Booby and other literary thoughts for 2012

Posted on January 4, 2012

Sharon Ritchey

Welcome to 2012, a new year of words and ideas. With more thoughts flying through the ether than ever before, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the new resources, opinions, and online shopping. Well, there’s always time for shopping but not always for resources.

Our Friend the OED

In case you missed it, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as it’s best known by its closest friends, released its quarterly update of new words this past December. The online version of this amazing reference features articles and stories about the English language. Word lovers, Scrabble enthusiasts, and word nerds can unite with the etymology of both obscure and common words. It’s here that you’ll find a new entry for Abbott’s Booby – it’s a bird- as well as hundreds of other new entries and updates. The site is worth a quarterly visit just to see who is minding the dictionary.

A New Voice from the LOC

The Library of Congress has just released a new blog from the Catbird Seat written by Robert Casper, head of the library’s Poetry and Literature Center. “Posts to this blog will offer an inside view of the Center and our programs, as well as feature guest bloggers (including our Poets Laureate, as well as reference librarians and division specialists within the Library) talking about literature and the wealth of literary treasures here at the Library of the Congress.”

The inaugural blog was a bit flat, but as it is coming from the Library of Congress (LOC) I’ll be sure to check back for future posts. The LOC is by definition a wealth of information and worth spending some time visiting either in person or online. Treasure abounds for the most patient of researchers.

Happy reading anyone and do share your new word finds for 2012

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