Reading the OED

Reading the OED

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

Book - 2008
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An obsessive word loveras account of reading the Oxford English Dictionary cover to cover. aIam reading the OED so you donat have to. If you are interested in vocabulary that is both spectacularly useful and beautifully useless, read on...a So reports Ammon Shea, the tireless, word-obsessed, and more than slightly masochistic author of Reading the OED, The word loveras Mount Everest, the OED has enthralled logophiles since its initial publication 80 years ago. Weighing in at 137 pounds, it is the dictionary to end all dictionaries. In 26 chapters filled with sharp wit, sheer delight, and a documentarianas keen eye, Shea shares his year inside the OED, delivering a hair-pulling, eye-crossing account of reading every word, and revealing the most obscure, hilarious, and wonderful gems he discovers along the way.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399533983
0399533982
Branch Call Number: 423.028 SHEA A
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 22 cm.

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Jan 03, 2018

Reading the entire OED – yes, an English dictionary that has 21,730 pages – is a bit fanciful or, perhaps, farcical. The OED has no “story,” except in the individual words it defines and the personalities who developed it. Reading the complete OED and then writing about the experience is a bit like climbing Mt Everest. It’s doable, but there’s a risk that you will have chewed up an entire year. As an excurion into words and obsession, it’s worth thinking about. Recommended for hard-core language connoisseurs.

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margies
Jan 09, 2017

Oh, come on. How much of it did you read??? I have the whole thing and refer to it sometimes. And then I get lost in it.

You are likely to find every single word I've used in writing this in the OED.

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Jul 25, 2010

Questionable, dirty parts. Not suitable for kids.

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