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The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester
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Feb 26, 2010

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Another fascinating book packed with detailed facts--almost a sequel to "The Professor and the Madman," but detailing even more thoroughly the arduous task of creating the OED. I loved it! James Murray, the primary editor, was an incredible polymath who felt he had been prepared by God for this momentous mission, which ensured English would be the dominant language of the world. Some fun facts: the OED contains definitions for 414,825 words, and was published in its entirety in 1928, almost 71 years from its inception. I will definitely be reading more Winchester!

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