"What do three murderers, Karl Marx’s daughter and a collector from Dunedin have in common?

They all helped create the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Oxford English Dictionary has long been associated with elite institutions and Victorian men, but the Dictionary didn’t just belong to the experts; it relied on contributions from members of the public across the globe – the

“greatest crowdsourcing endeavour in human history” according to lexicographer, Oxford Dictionaries Chief Editor and author of The Women’s Prize for Non Fiction- longlisted The Dictionary People, Sarah Ogilvie.

She joins Michele A’Court in conversation about the remarkable – and eclectic – network of people (including several New Zealanders, who contributed words such as pōhutukawa, pātiki and kākāpō) who helped build one of the most impactful books of our time."

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Last updated: 12 March 2024