Brick by brick, the brick and mortar world – and the world of print – is being disassembled, reconfigured, re-imagined, re-constituted and re-discombulated right in front of our astonished eyes.
(But go ahead and keep doing things “same as it ever was” as David Byrne of the Talking Heads would say. Repeat after me: Bubble tests are yummy for student brains. Bubble tests are yummy for student brains. Bubble tests are yummy for student brains. And good for teachers, too!)
The latest Whoa! in a year full of Whoas! is the news that the Oxford English Dictionary, the standard bearer for the language we all find so dear (so deer, in fact that we butcher it like venison) is planning to yank itself from the rancid ranks of physical incarnation.
That’s right, you heard correct. The Oxford English Dictionary is going out of print. (Well, possibly.)
Roadkill on the Google highway.
Chum in the sharky waters of the web.
A buttery biscuit on the saucer of a plump Englishman’s afternoon teacup.
Sake’s alive what is happenin’ to our world?
As Nigel Portwood (their boss) said, “the print dictionary market is just disappearing, it is falling away by tens of percent a year.”
An interesting fact:
The online Oxford English Dictionary, according to CBS World News, now gets 2 million hits a month from subscribers. The current printed edition – a hefty 20-volume, $1,165 set published in 1989 – has sold about 30,000 sets in total.
“The print dictionary market is just disappearing.” (That’s Nigel again.)
“All in all it’s just a-notha brick in the wall.” (That’s Pink Floyd.)
“The world is changin’… but bay-bee, bay-bee student assessment is just fine.” (That’s me… dripping with bittersweet sarcasm.)