A reading programme similar to Murray’s is still used today as a principal method of assembling material for revising the Dictionary.There were recurring arguments and confrontations over the years between Murray and the Oxford Delegates.
Though he did not live to see this first edition published, his amazing achievements on behalf of the Dictionary gave future generations of editors a solid foundation on which they have been building ever since.
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Onions, who worked under both men before becoming the fourth editor contrasted Murray’s formal, schoolmasterly instruction with Bradley, the ‘philosophical exponent’, who taught ‘by hint, by interjectional phrase, or even a burst of laughter’.
In 1891, Bradley’s work on the Dictionary was recognized with an honorary MA from Oxford, and in 1914, both he and Murray received honorary D. Bradley became senior editor after Murray died in 1915 and continued to work on the Dictionary until his own sudden death in 1923.
, James Murray was born the son of a tailor in Denholm, Scotland.
At fourteen he began an intense regimen of self-education, showing intelligence and determination that later would see him through twenty-eight trying years of work on the Dictionary.
He has been called ‘the most productive lexicographer of his time’, and in his later years worked simultaneously on three major dictionaries, the before handing over the editorship to his successor at the age of 88.
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The quotation slip written by Murray appears in the entry for from 1888 until his death, Bradley was born in Manchester, and largely self-educated, having attended grammar school only until the age of fourteen.