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Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Lunatic Behind the Dictionary

When Dr. James Murray was compiling illustrative quotations for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary volunteer Dr. W.C. Minor of Broadmoor provided tens of thousands of examples for certain desired words on demand. What Dr. Murray didn't know was that William Chester Minor was a certified lunatic and murderer. It would take Dr. Murray nearly a decade to learn the true identity of his angel wordsmith...

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