Reading the OED

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

Shea, Ammon

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Reading the OED
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.

Published: New York : Penguin Group, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0399533982
Branch Call Number: 423.028 SHE
Characteristics: 223 p. ;,22 cm.


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