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July 13, 2004

Obituary: Lexicographer R.W. Burchfield

Yesterday's International Herald Tribune carried an obituary for Robert Burchfield, renowned lexicographer and former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary from 1971 to 1984. He died on July 5 after suffering from Parkinson's disease for some time. Burchfield was best known for overseeing the OED's four-volume supplement, a 6,000-page project that took 29 years to complete. The supplement included obscentities and racial epithets, leading to a court case and even death threats against Burchfield. "He was also known for his unorthodox edition of the grammarian's bible, Fowler's Modern English Usage, which provoked heated, hyperarticulate debate when it appeared in 1996."
R.W. Burchfield, guardian of the English language

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