Henry Cecil Kennedy Wyld

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Henry Cecil Kennedy Wyld (1870–1945) was a significant English lexicographer and philologist.

Early life[edit]

Wyld was born in 1870. He studied at Charterhouse from 1883 to 1885. He was privately educated in Lausanne from 1885 to 1888. He studied at the University of Bonn, the University of Heidelberg and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Academic career[edit]

From 1904 to 1920, he was Baines Professor of English Language and Philology, Liverpool University. He was Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1920 until his death in 1945.


Wyld published many papers and books during his career. He published his Universal Dictionary of the English Language in 1932.


Wyld was awarded British Academy Biennial Prize for contributions to the study of the English Language and Literature in 1932.


  • No gentleman goes on a bus [1]


  • The teaching of reading in training colleges, 1905


  1. ^ Alan S C Ross. U and Non-U.