Oxford English Dictionary ONLINE

So…did anyone stay awake last night pondering about the history of the word “yippee”?  How about the word “blankie”?  Well, thanks to Barber Library’s new subscription to the Oxford English Dictionary Online, you can now solve your etymological quandaries any old time…2 in the morning, 4 in the afternoon…we’re here for you!

Here’s what you do:  get to the COCC Library webpage at http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/default.aspx.  Look for the pull down menu (towards the middle of the page) for:

Quick Facts: Encyclopedias, Stats, etc.

Use that pull down menu to choose:

Dictionaries, Acronyms, Thesauri

Then scroll down that wonderful list of dictionaries until you see the one and only:

Oxford English Dictionary. 

(Note: you have to be affiliated with COCC to access the OED remotely, but anyone can come into the library and use it).

OK!  Why would you want to use this thing?  Take a look at this:

yippee, n. and int.

 An exclamation of delight or excitement.   
1920 S. LEWIS Main St. 86 She galloped down a block, and as she jumped from a curb across a welter of slush, she gave a student ‘Yippee!’ 1939 R. CHANDLER Big Sleep xii. 80, I was being brought into camp. I was going to yell ‘Yippee!’ 1947 N. MARSH Final Curtain xvi. 246 She said ‘Yip-ee’ like a cow-girl. 1951 J. FLEMING Man who looked Back xvi. 212 He permitted himself a loud ‘Yippee!’ 1961 Guardian 19 Apr. 5/1 Yippee. I’ve been blooded. It’s lovely. 1976 BOTHAM & DONNELLY Valentino vii. 51 Rodolpho let rip a great cowboy yippee. 1980 A. CORNELISEN Strangers & Pilgrims viii. 162 It’s a boy! A boy! Yippee!    Hence as v. intr., to make this exclamation; yi{sm}ppeeing vbl. n.

1938 M. K. RAWLINGS Yearling xxvi. 351 They capered together and shouted and yippeed until their throats were hoarse. 1963 A. LUBBOCK Austral. Roundabout 182 There was bush ballads, and a whistling and yippeeing! 1977 ‘E. CRISPIN Glimpses of Moon v. 69 Clarence Tully hilloed. His sons yippeed.

Isn’t that fabulous?  You get the meaning, spelling etc. but the best thing about the OED is that it provides THE HISTORY of the word from the time it was first used (more or less) to the present!  Oh…and in-context examples for each use are provided too! 

About the word “blankie”…it’s a new addition (as of December 2007).  Here’s the entry:

blankie, n..

nursery and colloq. (chiefly N. Amer.).
 A blanket, esp. a child’s security blanket.
1921 L. W. KLINE & C. J. FRANCE in G. S. Hall Aspects Child Life & Educ. 257 Had a little blanket she would not go to sleep without. She always cried ‘My blankie, my blankie,’ till she got it. 1946 F. M. TEAGARDEN Child Psychol. for Professional Workers vi. 206 The other boys would make fun of him and his ‘blankie’. 1992 USA Today (Nexis) 3 Aug. 2B, Some frequent travelers cope with the stress by bringing along their old blanky or Teddy. 2002 A. CUMMING Tommy’s Tale (2004) 161, I felt woozy with all the comfort:..being at home, on the sofa, under a blankie.


One Response to Oxford English Dictionary ONLINE

  1. […] February 5, 2008 Posted by michanna in Links, news. trackback A couple of weeks ago Cat blogged about the Library’s newest online resource, the Oxford English Dictionary.  Here’s a great chance for you to try it out:  look up the word […]

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