I've gotten a little caught-up in researching language barriers and philosophies that define them in my last few posts. I want to be sure to also research the history of words and the ways in which their meanings have changed throughout history. The Oxford English Dictionary is probably the most in-depth tool I'll need to conduct this research, but I've also found a few articles that sum of some of the interesting facts for me.
There is much that goes into the making of an Oxford English Dictionary, and it takes years of work. Work began on the dictionary in 1857, and it wasn't until 1928 that the full dictionary was published in ten bound volumes. Since then there have been two more editions made. As lexicographers prepare the new edition, they've debated which of all the verbs in the English language enjoys the most meaning, which is the most complex. Simon Winchester is an etymologist who reported that that word is 'run,' with 645 meanings in the verb form alone.
The OED outlines the history of words as well. Before the French Industrial Revolution, factory workers were issued standard wooden clogs for when they worked in the factories-- brand name Sabot. During the revolution, as an act of protest, they lodged their shoes in the gears of the machines, which is how the word sabotage came to be.
I'm still not sure how I want to take this information and present it at the thesis show, or even which part of my research I want to narrow in on. For now I'm going to keep researching and keep brainstorming.