Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 15:10:04 -0400 From: Barnhart Subject: LEX-CALENDAR Today (February 6th) is the 101st anniversary of the birth of ERIC PARTRIDGE (1894-1979). English lexicographer; editor of many dictionaries of slang. His best known work is _A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English_ (1937; 9th edition 1984). He was one of the most successful full-time independent lexicographers in the 20th Century. February 7th: One of the most productive dates in the history of English lexicography. Born on this date were: 1837: Sir James Augustus Henry MURRAY (1837-1915). Scottish lexicographer; the principal editor of _The Oxford English Dictionary_. He planned the work and was responsible for the volumes A-D, H-K, O, P, and T (together constituting more than half of the book). The OED is now universally recognized as the single most important dictionary of the English language. It has been twice updated and once coalesced. 1857: Benjamin Eli SMITH (1857-1913). American lexicographer, managing editor and subsequently editor-in-chief, of _The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia_ (1894 et seq.). 1777: John PICKERING (1777-1846). American philologist (son of Timothy Pickering, Secretary of State for Presidents George Washington and John Adams). He published _Vocabulary; or Collection of Words and Phrases, which Have Been Supposed to be Peculiar to the United States of America_ (1816), a Greek-English lexicon (1826), and _Remarks on the Indian Languages of North America_ (1836). On Friday February 9th we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of William Dwight WHITNEY (1827-1894). American philologist and lexicographer, first editor-in-chief of _The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia_. [See Smith, above] He was professor of Sanskrit at Yale College and the first president of the American Philological Society. Although appearing roughly at the same time as the OED, Whitney recognized the ijmportance of technical vocabulary, a type of word Murray had been warned not to embrace too hastily. More later, stay tuned! David K. Barnhart Barnhart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]