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OED is 'a cathedral of words'


The Oxford English Dictionary's online version is re-launched today and will now allow you to trace how a word has been used in the past and how our language has evolved.

And so you can see the impact of different writers on the language we use.

The BBC's John Simpson and the Observer's Robert McCrum discuss the evolution of the English language.

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