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

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'The greatest enterprise of its kind in history,' was the verdict of British prime minister Stanley Baldwin in June 1928 when The Oxford English Dictionary was finally published. With its 15,490 pages and nearly two million quotations, it was indeed a monumental achievement, gleaned from the efforts of hundreds of ordinary and extraordinary people who made it their mission to catalogue the English language in its entirety. In The Meaning of Everything, Simon Winchester celebrates this remarkable feat, and the fascinating ...

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Jeclimie

Jun 7, 2011

A wonderful read

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).

readinghabit

Dec 18, 2008

Great Read!!!

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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