Articles Archive for May 2011
Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868 to remember the men that lost their lives in the Civil War. As the only southern city to remain in the Union during the Civil War, a large number of U.S. Navy, Marine Corp, and Army men died in Key West, mostly from tropical fevers. The Army men were buried in the Barracks Cemetery that was on White Street across from the Armory. The graves were moved in 1927 to the U.S. National Cemetery at Fort Barrancas near Pensacola. The Navy …
The Oxford English Dictionary is a monumental achievement on almost any scale — the number of words, the carefully selected quotations to illustrate different meanings, the number of years it took to assemble the first edition.
Even more amazing, it turns out that a good portion of the work was contributed by, as the title has it a “madman” — or, more precisely, a former U.S. Army surgeon incarcerated in a lunatic asylum after shooting a brewery worker.
The story of the collaboration and friendship of the two men — James Murray, …
It’s pretty common, these days, to use the Internet to answer a lot of Reference questions — and for good reason. It’s quick (at least when the servers are working) and the information available, both on the general Internet and on our subscriber databases, is far more extensive than we could ever afford to own in paper form.
And yet — if you have a yen for doing things the old way — or if you are interested in lexicographical history — we have an amazing resource here at the Key …
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