The Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary is retiring after 35 years on the job. John Simpson is only the seventh person in history to hold the position since the project began in 1879.
During Simpson’s tenure, over 60,000 new words and meanings have been added to the dictionary.
Other major acheivements include taking the dictionary online in 2000.
Nigel Portwood, Chief Executive of Oxford University Press, hailed Simpson’s contribution to the project: “As well as devising and overseeing the enormously important revision of the third edition, he has pioneered the use of digital technology in both the production and use of the OED, transforming the dictionary into a resource fit for the 21st century. His achievements put the OED in a fantastic position to continue to thrive and to meet the opportunities in the ever-changing lexical landscape.”