The Oxford English Dictionary has long been the definitive record of the English language. Not as well known, however, is the book’s fascinating history. The OED took 70 years to put together, and relied heavily on volunteers to help define its initial 414,825 words. One of the most prolific contributors, with over 10,000 entries, was an American physician named William Chester Minor, who also happened to be locked up in an insane asylum. A murderer and paranoiac, Minor’s philological endeavors with the OED gave him a sense of purpose and helped him retain what sanity he had left. Now, you too have a chance to show off your mad... More >>>