Adult Nonfiction PE1617.O94 S54 2008
Summary: An obsessive word loverÂs account of reading the Oxford English Dictionarycover to cover. ÂIÂm reading the OEDso you donÂt have to. If you are interested in vocabulary that is both spectacularly useful and beautifully useless, read on...Â So reports Ammon Shea, the tireless, word-obsessed, and more than slightly masochistic author of Reading the OED. The word loverÂs Mount Everest, the OEDhas 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 documentarianÂs 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.
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