What is a fair price to pay for a used Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (Reprint or possibly original 1971 edition) that looks to be in good shape, including the slipcase & magnifying glass? Used on Amazon looks to be about $50+Shipping to Canada, but I am leery to buy something like this sight unseen; a local used/rare book store has it for $100, and I'm not sure if that is a bargain (The latest edition is $275 on Amazon.ca) or if I could find it cheaper.
When (and why/how) did "good-by" fall out of use as an variant on "goodbye"? [more inside]
Why doesn't the OED have better coverage of mathematical terms? Is this an area they want to improve on, or have they drawn a line of obscurity somewhere that just leaves out more than I expected? [more inside]
When does a word attain enough critical mass to enter a dictionary? [more inside]
The online version of the OED (subscription required) uses an ASCII version of IPA, and I can't figure it out. [more inside]
Electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary? [more inside]