Robert Burchfield

 

 

Age: 81

 

Summary: lexicographer and chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionaries from 1971 to 1984 who pushed for inclusion in the dictionary English words from Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan and the Caribbean, and who went to court to defend OED's right to include derogatory terms arguing that a dictionary describes language as it is, not as readers would like to be.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes

 

Born: January 27, 1923

 

Died: July 5, 2004

 

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England