Sort Patterns

Sorting organises the display of results according to particular patterns. Entries on all results pages are displayed in alphabetical order by default. The display can be adjusted by selecting an alternative sort option in the top right hand corner.

Sort by: A-Z

This sort pattern is used by default and displays results according to the alphabetical ordering of the entry headword.

Sort by: Z-A

Use this pattern to see results in reverse alphabetical ordering

Sort by: Earliest recorded first

Selecting this pattern displays results according to the chronological ordering of the date of the first quotation for each entry. Ordering is no longer alphabetical, and when applied, this sort pattern gives an indication of the gradual appearance of particular words in the vocabulary of South African English from earliest times.

Sort by: Earliest recorded last

The display of results using this sort pattern presents entries chronologically on the basis of the date of first quotation for each entry. However, results are displayed in reverse order, ranging from the more recent additions to the vocabulary of South African English back over time.