William Chester Minor-Is that in the Oxford English Dictionary?

History of Sorts


It is no surprise that the Oxford English Dictionary is the leading dictionary when it comes to the English language.As a historical dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary explains words by showing their development rather than merely their present-day usages. Therefore, it shows definitions in the order that the sense of the word began being used, including word meanings which are no longer used.

It is also no surprise that it originates from Oxford, hence the name. What will be a surprise though is that one of the main contributors was an American, and an even bigger surprise an American murderer.

William Chester Minor, also known as W. C. Minor (June 1834 – March 26, 1920) was an American army surgeon and one of the largest contributors of quotations to the Oxford English Dictionary.


William Chester Minor, M.D., graduated from Yale University in 1863. After a short research stint, he joined the Union Army to perform…

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