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The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester
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Nov 09, 2011

it was amazing
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Read in September, 2003

This is an exciting history of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary from its conception through the most recent supplements. Winchester has a knack for illuminating the rather bizarre assortment of people who contributed to this colossal project. They range from the Thompson sisters to two residents of mental institutions, from those with limited formal education to some of the greatest literary names of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Winchester also goes into enough technical detail to whet the appetite of any reference-book lover, who longs to dive into the completed work.

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