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The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
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Aug 14, 08

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Recommended for: History Buffs and Language Lovers
Read in August, 2008

Those of us who enjoy words and their histories will like this book a great deal. It describes the unlikely partnership between two men who played key roles in the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The author birdwalks a bit in narrating the story by deviating into areas not directly related to the two men. In my case, the deviations were actually entertaining.

Nice and easy read. A background in linguistics not required.
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