OED Online Intro - Quiz Form
Just for fun, use these questions to explore some of the features of the newly relaunched "Oxford English Dictionary Online."
Use the "Categories" section of the OED Online. Go to "Crafts & Trades" and then to "Fireworks." What's the year of the first recorded use of the word "pyrotechnic" as both an adjective and a noun?
Now use the "Timelines" section and on the "Origins" tab choose "Africa" (all). In what half century did the word "zebra" make it's way into the English language?
Okay, now to the "Sources" section. What major scientific journal is among the top 10 sources used for quotations in the OED? Stay on this page for the next question, too.
Still on the "Sources" page - what other 3 science journals are among the top 50?
Next, go to the "Historical Thesaurus" section and search for the concept "black hole." Look for the section about the universe. What year does OED cite as the first time this term was used? Stay on this page for the next question, too.
Still on the "black hole" entry, right? Okay, then click on the "View thesaurus" link and list the other three terms that are synonymous for "black hole."
Let's go back to the "Sources" section and click on the name of "John Milton." Does the OED link to any other online resource from this entry? If so, list the name of the source below.
Let's go back to the "Home" page and look at the "Featured in January" section. What Commonwealth country's language has a featured story written about it.
If you'd like to be entered in the contest for this intro to the OED, please give us your name, major, and Baylor email address below. Deadline for entries is February 11th, 2011.
Two small prizes will be given; names chosen by random drawing from among the correct entries will be announced on February 13th.
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