DSNA members may be interested in the (lightly redacted) message copied below, which was sent by Christian Purdy, the director of publicity for the US office of Oxford University Press. If you would like to help the OED with its appeal, please use the links provided in the message:
“To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, the OED is revising a set of vocabulary related to, or coined during, the war. Part of the revision process involves searching for earlier or additional evidence, and for this we need the help of the US public.
Our first quotations are often from newspapers and magazines, and we know that there may well be earlier evidence in less-easily-accessible sources such as personal letters, soldiers’ diaries, and government records, many of which are now being made available in digital form for the first time. We are hopeful the public can help find earlier evidence for the use of some wartime words? We are gathering all contributions on the OED appeals website.
We’re tweeting from @OED and using the hashtag #OEDAppeals in conversations across social media. We will seek to verify any promising evidence, and if genuine it will appear in the OED in due course. You can also find FAQs regarding OED Appeals here.”