Reading the OED

Reading the OED

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

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An obsessive word lover provides an entertaining account of the year he spent reading the Oxford English Dictionary cover to cover, offering a colorful selection of obscure, hilarious, and offbeat vocabulary gems he discovered along the way.

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To enthusiast Shea, the 137 pounds is as nothing, the tiny print is no impediment, and getting through the nearly 22,000 pages is just a labor of love. Working on the idea that you always imitate the source of your inspiration and power, Shea plowed through all said pages and managed to do so in one year and arranged some of his chief findings in alphabetical order, from whence we come to learn such terms as "father-better" and "twi-thought." Much better than a word-a-day approach, and containing infinitely more clever ideas and usage, Shea's treatment features a wry approach to his love of the language and what appears to be a staggering amount, literally, of caffeine. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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An obsessive word lover provides an account of the year he spent reading the Oxford English Dictionary cover to cover, offering a selection of obscure and offbeat vocabulary gems he discovered along the way.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780399533983
Branch Call Number: 423.028 SHE
Characteristics: xvi, 223 p. ;,22 cm.

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fledge
Jan 03, 2018

Reading the entire OED – yes, an English dictionary that has 21,730 pages – is a bit fanciful or, perhaps, farcical. The OED has no “story,” except in the individual words it defines and the personalities who developed it. Reading the complete OED and then writing about the experience is a bit like climbing Mt Everest. It’s doable, but there’s a risk that you will have chewed up an entire year. As an excurion into words and obsession, it’s worth thinking about. Recommended for hard-core language connoisseurs.

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margies
Jan 09, 2017

Oh, come on. How much of it did you read??? I have the whole thing and refer to it sometimes. And then I get lost in it.

You are likely to find every single word I've used in writing this in the OED.

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Jul 25, 2010

Questionable, dirty parts. Not suitable for kids.

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