Access the online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) for free until February 5, 2011 using this login:
Now how cool is that?!
The OED is known for their inclusion of quotes that illustrate a word’s meaning:
For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry.
I wonder what they used for bada-bing.
By the way, if you have any interest in the English language, grammar, or writing, I highly recommend Simon Winchester’s books “The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary” and “The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary”.
Anyone wanna buy me The Oxford English Dictionary? Only $999 Canadian! That’s, what, 50 bucks American. Free shipping!
Search the Oxford English Dictionary (Second Edition) for free. I predict this site will last about a week before OED shuts them down.
Update (Sept. 16, 2004): I removed the link: it appears the site is down. Bummer.