The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary : The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Writing with marvelous brio, Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language, first paying homage to great dictionary makers from history, then turning his unmatched talent for story-telling to the making of this most venerable of dictionaries. Readers will discover lively portraits of the key figures who spent so much of their lives bringing the project to fruition, including some from the legion of volunteers. Winchester lovingly describes the nuts-and-bolts of dictionary making, giving us a unique view of the trials and tribulations that went on behind the scenes. The result is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language.
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Oxford University Press
October 01, 2003
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