ZOMG!1!!!1!!! The Louisville public library has apparently ended its subscription to the Oxford English Dictionary online. As I said in my post on the tools I use, "For really detailed entries and etymologies, and for looking up obscure stuff, nothing beats the Oxford English Dictionary."

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And now it's gone. There are other good dictionaries online, but I lose a lot by not having it. An individual subscription costs $295 a year or $29.95 a month, neither of which are really feasible for this little, non-revenue-generating blog or my fabulous copy editor's salary. And the 20-volume print edition? That's available for the low, low price of $995.

One of my favorite things about doing this blog has been dipping into the OED and sharing what I've found. It's a brilliant piece of work. I hope I can continue to provide interesting material without it.

If anyone knows of any other source for free OED, please drop me a line.