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Austen Bicentenary Series 1

Charlotte Brewer: Extraordinary Jane

Hay Festival 2013 , 

Walter Scott praised Austen for her ordinariness. But according to the OED she was a linguistic innovator, the earliest printed source for nearly 300 words and senses, including ‘of the moment’ and ‘nice-looking’. What does this tell us about Austen – and the OED?