The Word Detective Searching For The Meaning Of It All At The Oxford English Dictionary

Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465060692
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Can you drink a glass of balderdash? What do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? And if, serendipitously, you find yourself in Serendip, then where exactly are you?

The answers to all of these questions—and a great many more—can be found in the pages of the Oxford English Dictionary, the definitive record of the English language. And there is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments than the former chief editor of the OED, John Simpson. Simpson spent almost four decades of his life immersed in the intricacies of our language, and guides us through its history with charmingly laconic wit. In The Word Detective, an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of English, he weaves a story of how words come into being (and sometimes disappear), how culture shapes the language we use, and how technology has transformed not only the way we speak and write but also how words are made.

Throughout, he enlivens his narrative with lively excavations and investigations of individual words—from deadline to online and back to 101 (yes, it's a word)—all the while reminding us that the seemingly mundane words (can you name the four different meanings of ma?) are often the most interesting ones. But Simpson also reminds us of the limitations of language: spending his days in the OED's house of words, his family at home is forced to confront the challenges of wordlessness.

A brilliant and deeply humane expedition through the world of words, The Word Detective will delight and inspire any lover of language.

The Word Detective

Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1408706598
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The book will speak to anyone who uses a dictionary, 'word people' , history lovers, students and parents.

The Word Detective

Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465096522
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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.

The Word Detective

Author: John Simpson
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ISBN: 9781408706732
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This is John Simpson's memoir as the former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Words On The Move

Author: John McWhorter
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1627794735
Size: 68.46 MB
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Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant “blessed”? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe?

Word By Word

Author: Kory Stamper
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 1101870958
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Word by Word brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate.

The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Peter Gilliver
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191009687
Size: 80.70 MB
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This book tells the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its beginnings in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present.

Words Of The World

Author: Sarah Ogilvie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107021839
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However, this book shows that the dictionary is not as 'British' as we all thought.

From The Errors Of Others

Author: Rebecca M. Lyles
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN: 1480828483
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About.com Grammar and Composition Expert In this comprehensive collection, Lyles teaches how to: keep a professional tone; avoid awkward speech habits; communicate clearly without being pretentious; detect deception; and use a writing ...

The Word Detective

Author: Evan Morris
Publisher: Plume Books
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The "Word Detective" searches out clues to the origin of interesting words and phrases, such as Big Apple, moxie, yahoo, gormless, feed a cold, and many others, in a collection of articles from the syndicated "Word Detective" column.