The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon WinchesterFrom the best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa comes a truly wonderful celebration of the English language and of its unrivaled treasure house, the Oxford English Dictionary.
Writing with marvelous brio, Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language--so vast, so sprawling, so wonderfully unwieldy--and pays homage to the great dictionary makers, from the irredeemably famous Samuel Johnson to the short, pale, smug and boastful schoolmaster from New Hartford, Noah Webster. He then turns his unmatched talent for story-telling to the making of this most venerable of dictionaries. In this fast-paced narrative, the reader will discover lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but tubercular first editor Herbert Coleridge (grandson of the poet), the colorful, boisterous Frederick Furnivall (who left the project in a shambles), and James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent a half-century bringing the project to fruition. Winchester lovingly describes the nuts-and-bolts of dictionary making--how unexpectedly tricky the dictionary entry for marzipan was, or how fraternity turned out so much longer and monkey so much more ancient than anticipated--and how bondmaid was left out completely, its slips found lurking under a pile of books long after the B-volume had gone to press. We visit the ugly corrugated iron structure that Murray grandly dubbed the Scriptorium--the Scrippy or the Shed, as locals called it--and meet some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to W. C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption.
The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language. Simon Winchesters supple, vigorous prose illuminates this dauntingly ambitious project--a seventy-year odyssey to create the grandfather of all word-books, the worlds unrivalled uber-dictionary.
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Oxford English Dictionary – the future
By Alastair Jamieson. Sales of the third edition of the vast tome have fallen due to the increasing popularity of online alternatives, according to its publisher. Shock troops mobilised in Dictionary Corner. Our man at the OED enjoys the last word. Almost one third of a million entries were contained in the second version of the OED, published in across 20 volumes. The next full edition is still estimated to be more than a decade away from completion; only 28 per cent has been finished to date. OUP said it would continue to print the more familiar Oxford Dictionary of English, the single-volume version sold in bookshops and which contains more contemporary entries such as vuvuzela , the plastic trumpet encountered in the football World Cup.
The Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition is available to buy as a twenty-volume set or in a single-volume compact edition. The three-volume Additions Series is also available. It provides a unique resource for scholars researching linguistic and literary history, the history of the language, social history, and more, and is a perfect complement to the OED itself, allowing the words in the OED to be cross-referenced and viewed in wholly new ways. Version 4. The text of this version includes the Oxford English Dictionary Additions Series Volumes , published in and , and now almost 7, new words and meanings from the OED 's ongoing research programme. Order online , or contact:.
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