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Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester (au)
Winchester offers a celebration of the English language & of its unrivaled treasure house, the “Oxford English Dictionary”. Serves up a lightning history of the English language & pays homage to the great dictionary makers, from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster. Winchester lovingly describes the nuts-&-bolts of dictionary making. We visit the ugly corrugated iron structure grandly dubbed the Scriptorium, & meet some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall to W.C. Minor. A scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument erected to a living language. “Supremely readable.” “Entrancing.” Named a Notable Book of the Year by The N.Y. Times & Best Book of the Year by several other newspapers. Illustrations.
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