Sales of the third edition of the vast tome have fallen due to the increasing popularity of online alternatives, according to its publisher.
A team of 80 lexicographers has been working on the third edition of the OED – known as OED3 – for the past 21 years.
The dictionary’s owner, Oxford University Press (OUP), said the impact of the internet means OED3 will probably appear only in electronic form.
The most recent OED has existed online for more than a decade, where it receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay an annual fee of £240.
“The print dictionary market is just disappearing, it is falling away by tens of per cent a year,” Nigel Portwood, the chief executive of OUP, told the Sunday Times. Asked if he thought the third edition would be printed, he said: “I don’t think so.”
Almost one third of a million entries were contained in the second version of the OED, published in 1989 across 20 volumes.
The next full edition is still estimated to be more than a decade away from completion; only 28 per cent has been finished to date.
“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag — and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vice versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.”—
Today, I went in to school for the first time since I left for summer break. I usually go in a lot earlier in the summer (school starts Monday) but this summer has just gotten away from me.
So Tim helped me move everything in, I unpacked everything, and we moved my desk and computer and the students’ desks. I was all inspired to come home and start planning stuff for the first days of school and to blog a bit or respond to emails, seeing as I am completely booked through Aug 30 (well… through October 9 - let’s be honest here). But then I started vacuuming, doing laundry, and reading Eat Pray Love and now I am completely unmotivated again. And, believe it or not, I’m bored. But I just don’t wanna look at my computer!
I need to get back to the routine of school… stat.
For some young people, going to school is tantamount to a daily dose of torture. In too many cases, harassment, taunting and abuse are allowed to go on unabated in our nation’s schools.
We have repeatedly seen the tragic consequences of this pervasive problem: young people are left emotionally damaged, physically hurt, or feel they have no other option than to take their own lives out of hopelessness and despair. Youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are often the targets of this bullying and harassment.
It’s long past time to end such abuse, and federal lawmakers recently moved closer to making this a reality when U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and 10 original co-sponsors introduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) in the Senate. Last May, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) introduced SSIA in the House and it currently has 119 co-sponsors.
SSIA amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require schools and districts receiving federal funds to adopt policies that prohibit bullying and harassment, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. SSIA also mandates bullying prevention training of faculty and staff and that they take effective action if bullying occurs. In addition, the bill requires the statewide reporting of bullying and harassment data to the Department of Education.
Across the country, LGBT youth are suffering just because of who they are. In a 2007 study, nearly 45 percent of LGBT students surveyed reported experiencing physical harassment and over 20 percent reported being physically assaulted at schools in the last year. Studies have also shown that LGBT youth attempt suicide at rates that are three to six times that of their heterosexual peers.
SSIA would help schools deal with bullying and harassment that target a student’s actual or perceived identity or associations with persons or groups on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, sex, disability or religion.
This would send a strong and clear message that schools have a duty to actively protect all students, regardless of who they are. Please contact your member of Congress and encourage them to co-sponsor this important legislation. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will continue to work with GLSEN and our partners in the National Safe Schools Partnership coalition to fight for an end to bullying and other dangerous behavior in our schools, and we commend Sen. Casey and Rep. Sanchez for their legislative leadership on this issue.
Bottom line: Safe schools for our young people should be the rule, not the exception.
“You know what I really love? The CD players in a car. How when you put the CD right up by the slot, it actually takes it out of your hand, like it’s hungry. It pulls it in, and you feel like it wants more silver discs. “More silver discs. Please.” I enjoy that.”—
Marc Solomon at the Bilerico Project wants you to “pick out a line or two from today’s opinion that inspires you, and share it along with why marriage equality matters to you, with friends and family members.” Bill Davis, also of the Bilerico Project, provides legal analysis of the decision for laymen.
via Womanist Musings: “Since education funding is based in property taxes, students that are receiving public education in poor areas are attending schools that are often ill equipped to give them the skills to succeed on a global stage. Even if they beat the odds and manage to graduate and get accepted into a college or university, many of them find that they were not taught the skills necessary to succeed in higher education, let alone the business sector upon graduation. Clearly, the only solution to this, is the integration of schools; however, a North Carolina School district has decided to end their busing program.”
Read the whole thing. It’s a very important, very true issue in education today.