The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary ePub (Adobe DRM) download by John Simpson

The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary

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Publication date: October 2016
ISBN: 9780465096527
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"A charmingly full, frank, and humorous account of a career dedicated to rigorous lexicographic rectitude. . . . He is an absolute hero."-Lynne Truss, New York Times


Can you drink a glass of balderdash? And what do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? The answers to these questions can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary. There is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments than its former chief editor, John Simpson. In The Word Detective, an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of English, he weaves a story of how words come into being, how culture shapes language, and how technology transforms words. A brilliant and deeply humane expedition through the world of words, The Word Detective will delight and inspire any lover of language.

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