On the OED and Subscriptions
My original intention was to offer to send you information from the Oxford English Dictionary for words you'd like to know more about. The subscription is $295 and most people aren't interested in paying that or aren't able to, and I'm happy to share my subscription.
Then I read this.
Now, I wasn't going to give out my user name and password; I was simply going to do some research for you. I'll find out whether of not that's okay (and by the way I did this last year and didn't wonder about the ethical issue . . . oops). I don't see why it shouldn't be a problem on a small, personal basis. I'm guessing scale is where problems might arise.
So think about which words you'd like to know the history of, and I'm happy to oblige as long as that's allowable. You can e-mail me at email@example.com