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Oxford English Dictionary ‘will not be printed again’

29th August 2010

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Sales of the third edition of the vast tome have fallen due to the increasing popularity of online alternatives, according to its publisher.

The dictionary’s owner, Oxford University Press (OUP), said the impact of the internet means OED3 will probably appear only in electronic form.

A team of 80 lexicographers has been working on the third edition of the OED – known as OED3 – for the past 21 years.

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