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The Meaning of Everything - The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (Paperback, New Ed)

Simon Winchester

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'The greatest enterprise of its kind in history,' was the verdict of British prime minister Stanley Baldwin in June 1928 when The Oxford English Dictionary was finally published. With its 15,490 pages and nearly two million quotations, it was indeed a monumental achievement, gleaned from the efforts of hundreds of ordinary and extraordinary people who made it their mission to catalogue the English language in its entirety. In The Meaning of Everything, Simon Winchester celebrates this remarkable feat, and the fascinating characters who played such a vital part in its execution, from the colourful Frederick Furnivall, cheerful promoter of an all-female sculling crew, to James Murray, self-educated son of a draper, who spent half a century guiding the project towards fruition. Along the way we learn which dictionary editor became the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, and why Tolkien found it so hard to define 'walrus'. Written by the bestselling author of The Surgeon of Crowthorne and The Map That Changed the World, The Meaning of Everything is an enthralling account of the creation of the world's greatest dictionary.

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Imprint: Oxford University Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: September 2004
Authors: Simon Winchester
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 260
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-280576-8
Barcode: 9780192805768
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literary & linguistic reference works > Dictionaries
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LSN: 0-19-280576-2

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