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Reading the OED by Ammon Shea
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Sep 22, 2008

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Fun book of essays, one for each letter of the alphabet, about dictionaries and words. Shea shares his favorites, which include 'Silentiary (n.) An official whose job it is to command silence.' I, along with the other denizens of the Acela Quiet Car, hope that Amtrak opens a few job requisitions for silentiaries -- soon.

The book made me sorry that I tossed out my well-worn OED 100th anniversary T-shirt at the end of the 80s -- the one that said Floccinaucinihilipilification on the front.

Oh, and you Wards: those Quaresemali biscotti Mom makes, the ones we call quasimodos and desdemonas? 'Quaresimal (adj.) Said of a meal, having the qualities of food served during Lent; austere, skimpy.' Just so you know.

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message 1: by Martha (new)

Martha Hi Joyce---I'll be interested to hear what you think about this one. I heard an interview of the author on NPR a few weeks ago....interesting idea he had!

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