Edmund Weiner (born 27 August 1950[1] in Oxford, England) was co-editor (with John A. Simpson) of the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (1985–1989) and Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (1993–present). He originally joined the OED staff in 1977, becoming the dictionary's chief philologist.[2]

Previously, he taught Old English, Middle English and English linguistic history at Christ Church, Oxford, where he also undertook research on Middle English literature. He is now a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.

As well as writing or compiling a number of books on English grammar and usage, he co-authored a book on Tolkien: The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary (by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner, Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-19-861069-6), analysing the relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien and the OED.[3] He and Marshall also contributed a chapter on Tolkien's invented languages to From Elvish to Klingon (edited by Michael Adams, Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-19-280709-0).


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 27 Aug 2014. p. 33. 
  2. ^ Lyall, Sarah (2000) "Staid Know-It-All Goes Hip and Online; O.E.D. Enters the Dot-Com World", New York Times, 10 April 2000, retrieved 2011-07-09
  3. ^ The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary: Review in The Guardian

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