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Reading the OED

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
Shea, Ammon (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Reading the OED

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An obsessive word lover’s account of reading the Oxford English Dictionarycover to cover. “I’m reading the OEDso you don’t 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 lover’s 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 documentarian’s 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.
Authors: Shea, Ammon
Title: Reading the OED
one man, one year, 21,730 pages
Published: New York : Penguin Group, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 223 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: "A Perigee Book."
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9780399533983
Branch Call Number: 423.028 SHE
Statement of Responsibility: Ammon Shea
Subject Headings: Oxford English dictionary. Encyclopedias and dictionaries History and criticism. English language Lexicography. English language Etymology.
Topical Term: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
English language
English language
LCCN: 2007046163
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