The OED panel consists of John Simpson, the Chief Editor of the OED; Peter Gilliver, who was also the captain of the Oxford University Press team in University Challenge - the Professionals; and Tania Styles, who has also appeared in "dictionary corner" in Countdown.
The second series is divided thematically. Victoria Coren is joined by guest reporters who attempt to trace the etymology and first documentary use of words, based on suggestions from the British public. Victoria Coren then takes the evidence they have found to a panel of Oxford English Dictionary staff, who decide whether this evidence is sufficient to include in the dictionary.
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