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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

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  • The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press, USA) – Hardcover (2003)
    by Simon Winchester

    The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

    Hardcover, Oxford University Press, USA
    2003
    English
    260 pages

    ISBN: 0198607024
    ISBN-13: 9780198607021

    A kleptomaniac, the nephew of a French Emperor, the creator of an imaginary land inhabited by small hairy creatures, a homicidal lunatic, an Esperanto enthusiast, the man who introduced the camel to the Wild West, the captain of an all-ladies sculling team, a hermit, and the son of a Scottish draper. Just who were these people and what connected them to the world's greatest dictionary? It was on New Year's morning, 1928, that an eruption of mad lexical glee from a battered old typewriter on a desk in Baltimore from the ... Show more

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Jeclimie

A wonderful read

by Jeclimie on Jun 7, 2011

An excellent book with an incredibly in-depth study of the makings of the OED. I thought it was beautifully written and continually makes you want to read on. It strikes the perfect balance between biographical sections on the key figures and fascinating tracts on etymology. Most enjoyable was Winchester's style of writing which was very fluent, eloquent and introduced the reader to many new words throughout the book. (Ironically, I found it necessary to have a dictionary to hand to find the meaning to some of the words Winchester uses).

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readinghabit

Great Read!!!

by readinghabit on Dec 18, 2008

A wonderful behind-the-scenes story of the making of the OED. Mr. Winchester presents this great history in a very enjoyable and interesting manner. Well Done and highly recommended!

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