Minor, W. C. (Who’s who)

W. C. Minor (1834–1920), volunteer reader for OED1

Minor was a major contributor of quotations to the first edition of the OED whose story has been told by Simon Winchester in his bestselling book The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words (1998); see also Knowles 1990. His life and his role as reader for the OED is briefly covered here, in our page on Individual readers in the Reading and readers section of the site.

Last updated on 9 February 2019