The Abecedary - Oxford English Dictionary Illustrations
The Abecedary
Illustrations from the Oxford English Dictionary
The Abecedary is a comic based on definitions and quotations from the Oxford English Dictionary. The OED is not limited to current words and usages. It also contains historical, obscure, specialized and nonce words. The definitions in the dictionary are deeply sourced; they tell a story about the English language and its spread across the world, carried on the tips of tongues and spears.

Each Abecedary incorporates a definition, and an example quotation that inspires the illustration. The meanings of words are *~*𝖘𝖔𝖈𝖎𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖞 𝖈𝖔𝖓𝖘𝖙𝖗𝖚𝖈𝖙𝖊𝖉 & 𝖍𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖔𝖗𝖎𝖈𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖞 𝖘𝖎𝖙𝖚𝖆𝖙𝖊𝖉*~*. The ‘correct’ definition and the ‘proper’ usage of words is not fixed, but under constant renegotiation. The OED is a core sample library of the English lexicon. Each entry contains centuries of textual sediment showing the natural semantic drift of language. This feature of the dictionary animates the Abecedary. Selected comics are included on this page. For the full Abecedary: 
The Abecedary is by Lyall Wallerstedt. Other work can be seen at lyallw.com. The Oxford English Dictionary is online at www.oed.com, and full access is probably available through your local library.
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The Abecedary is an ongoing comic that explores the tension between word and image, and the gaps between definition and usage. Each comic feature Read More
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