The Oxford English Dictionary was largely written by a murderer William Chester Minor while he was at a mental asylum


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W.C. Minor (1834-1920) was an American surgeon who was serving in the army during Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. Being part of the American Civil War left a big mark on him, and caused him to become delusional. This led him to fatally shoot a man in 1872 because he believed that the man broke into his home. He pleaded for insanity, and was put up in the asylum in Berkshire, UK, where he had privileges of reading books.

Because of his contact with book stores, he came to know that volunteers are needed for what later became the Oxford English Dictionary. Minor was one of the hard-working volunteers, who is also acknowledged for giving the second best contribution to the Dictionary.

Source: Wikipedia


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