An obsessive word lovers account of reading the Oxford English Dictionarycover to cover. Im reading the OEDso you dont have to. If you are interested in vocabulary that is both spectacularly useful and beautifully useless, read on... So reports Ammon Shea, the tireless, word-obsessed, and more than slightly masochistic author of Reading the OED. The word lovers 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 documentarians 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.
Reading the OED
one man, one year, 21,730 pages
New York :, Penguin Group,, 2008.
223 p. ;,22 cm.
"A Perigee Book."
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