The Oxford English Dictionary has appealed to the public to help track down a book from which almost 50 words are thought to have been sourced.According to the New Yorker, the missing book, Meanderings of Memory, is cited as an early source for 49 words, including the adjective “chapelled” (meaning situated in a chapel).The appeal, published on the OED website on 3rd May stated that “we have been unable to trace this title in library catalogues or text databases”. According to the website, the only evidence that could be found for the existence of the book was a single entry in a London bookseller’s catalogue dating from 1852. The author was listed as “Nightlark”.Dan Selinger, a spokesperson for Oxford University Press, told Cherwell, “There are a range of theories as to why the book is proving difficult to trace. One is that the title was privately published – possibly because it was pornographic.”So far the appeal has had some success. One online commenter provided an additional reference to the book in an 1845 auction catalogue. Selinger said that “this appeal has been one of our most popular so far, so we are hopeful that additional information will emerge in the days and weeks to come”. He continued, “There has been a huge amount of interest in this appeal”.When asked what the consequences for the dictionary would be if the book could not be traced, Selinger stated “The quotations in the OED are evidence of the way a certain word has developed and been used down the years; it’s important that we can identify and date the source accurately”.The Oxford English Dictionary has a long tradition of appealing to the public for assistance. In 1879, OED editor James Murray appealed to English-speaking readers to send in curious words that they came across to help with the development of the first edition. The challenge was taken up, not only by academics, but many laypeople.One first-year English student, Nancy Jiang, told Cherwell, “The loss of this book might not turn out to be such a bad thing. In fact it might be quite a good thing because it will help the public to think about the history of our language”.
With just two months to go, Catskill Chill just made an incredible artist announcement for their 2016 festival. Coming up between September 23-25 in Lakewood, PA, the festival will see performances from Mike Gordon, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, Electron and so many more. The new announcement only adds some shining new sets to a great lineup.Today, the festival has revealed that not only will Lettuce perform, but a number of their members will join forces for Bitches Bloom: A Tribute To Miles Davis. Led by Eric “Benny” Bloom, the lineup will include Adam Deitch, Ryan Zoidis, Nigel Hall, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Erick “Jesus” Coomes, and Borahm Lee. Not only that, but the new Electric Beethoven band will make their first ever appearance, as they’re included on the new announcement as well. Electric Beethoven is the brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, Billy & The Kids), and assorted videos have teased lineup and musical contributions over the past few weeks. The group was announced initially on Jam Cruise, and their first performance now has a full lineup, with Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green), and Clay Welch. Considering that Mike Gordon was featured in a teaser recording, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a sit in.The festival has also added the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, rounding out this announcement with an upbeat brass celebration. You can see the full lineup posted below, and head to the festival’s website for details.
Last night, Umphrey’s McGee took to Washington, DC, for a performance with The Marcus King Band at the newly opened venue, The Anthem, to kick off the band’s four-night East Coast run. During the two-set show, a major highlight of the evening included a sit-in by legendary bluegrass guitarist Larry Keel, who sat in for an acoustic rendition of Umphrey’s own “You And You Alone” and stuck around for the first set’s closer, a cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence”.After the intro song “Catshot” opened the show, marking the tune’s first appearance since spring of last year, the band launched into “40’s Theme”. While the majority of the first set housed standard (though mostly beloved) songs in Umphrey’s McGee’s catalog—”Puppet String”, “White Man’s Moccasins”, “Example 1”, and “Attachments”—the group focused on the segues between them, building the set into a frenzy early on.The set continued to build to its ultimate climax, when the legendary Larry Keel came out to join the six-piece act for the final two songs of the frame. “You And You Alone”, a track off the band’s recently released studio album it’s not us, started the end of the set, with Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger offering up an acoustic take on the number with Keel. After the tune, the Umphrey’s guitarists returned to their electric guitars, and Keel and the band performed a goosebump-inducing rendition of The Beatles’ beloved hit, “Dear Prudence”.As for the second set, the band opened up with another it’s not us track, “Half Delayed”, marking the 10th time the song has been played live. A string of four well-transitioned songs came next: the classic “JaJunk”, it’s not us‘s “Speak Up”, a take on “Booth Love” including “Divisions” teases, and “Stinko’s Ascension”. The latter, “Stinko’s Ascension”, is a fan favorite the band debuted at UMBowl 2015 that has only been performed live 11 other times, though most recently, the group performed it in Pittsburgh in mid-January. The second set closed with a take on the relative rarity, “Turn & Run”, and a return to the first set’s “Puppet String”. For the band’s encore, the group offered yet another number from it’s not us, “Looks”, before ending the show with a return to the second set’s “JaJunk”.You can watch the full show below, which was streamed in its entirety on Umphrey’s McGee YouTube.Umphrey’s McGee – The Anthem – Washington, DC – 2/15/2018Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Anthem | Washington, DC | 2/15/2018Set One: Catshot > 40’s Theme, Puppet String -> White Man’s Moccasins, Example 1 > Attachments, You and You Alone , Dear Prudence Set Two: Half Delayed, JaJunk  > Speak Up > Booth Love  > Stinko’s Ascension, Turn & Run > Puppet StringEncore: Looks > JaJunkNotes: with Brendan and Jake on acoustics, with Larry Keel on acoustic guitar with Larry Keel on acoustic guitar with Divisions teases with Jake on keys, with Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd) tease