Sorry not to be chattier -- yet. I've been busy getting ready to leave tomorrow for Merrie Olde England, to attend a celebration in honor of the Oxford English Dictionary's 80th anniversary. (I can hardly believe that the OED is only 80 years old!) For now, three things to say: 


I'm looking forward to the celebration and to reporting on it here.

As you know, I'm new to blogging, so I don't know whether I'm going to be sorry for the following. (Please don't be the person who makes me sorry!) But here goes: Doesn't "How did the Oxford English Dictionary celebrate its 80th anniversary?" sound as if it ought to have a punch line? So what is the punch line? 

Is there anything you'd like me to ask John Simpson, the editor in chief of the OED? Or Simon "Professor and the Madman" Winchester? Let me know.