Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Hungry For Some New Words?

Almost 2,700 new and revised words were added this past month to the Oxford English Dictionary Online, including the slang term chill pill and fattoush, a popular Middle Eastern cuisine.

The Oxford English Dictionary, which covers words from across the English-speaking world, is the authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium and covers the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. You've probably seen the 20+ volume print edition lining the shelves of your local public or academic library, but the online edition, which you can access from home with your Fauquier County Public Library card, allows everything from simple word look-ups to sophisticated Boolean searching. You can use any of the fields in the OED, and your search can be done with speed and ease. The online edition even allows you to find a term when you know the meaning but have forgotten the word.

Now that you've read up on fattoush, why not whip up some delicious Middle Eastern food using one of the library's cookbooks?