> Marcia Karp wrote:
> Yes, Peter, the OED also has wilcuma as the first form of welcome in
> English. You're welcome was the it I was glossing.
> These histories are interesting, don't you think?
William Empson's greatness as a literary critic was closely tied to his
love of the OED. This may be a false memory, but I thin he occasionally
referred to it simply as "The Great Book."