Oxford University Press has announced that for the first time in the 120-year history of the Oxford English Dictionary, OUP is opening a North American office to complement the work done in Oxford in researching North American English. The office will be in Old Saybrook, Conn., where OUP's other dictionary operations are located. Jesse Sheidlower, a senior editor at Random House, has been appointed principal editor for the new unit and will join OUP in November.

Sheidlower will be responsible for analyzing the history of English in North America since colonial times as part of OUP's complete revision of the D that is scheduled to be published in 2010. Readers interested in tracking the ongoing revision can subscribe to the online edition of the D, which will be launched at www. d.com in March. The online edition will be revised every six months.