The Oxford English Dictionary


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780198611868
Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Page: N.A
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In addition to current definitions, provides an historical treatment to words and idioms included.

The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary


Author: Peter Gilliver
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199283621
Category:
Page: 688
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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. The author, uniquely among historians of the OED, is also a practising lexicographer with nearly thirty years' experience of working on the Dictionary. He has drawn on a wide range of sources--including previously unexamined archival material and eyewitness testimony--to create a detailed history of the project. The book explores the cultural background from which the idea of a comprehensive historical dictionary of English emerged, the lengthy struggles to bring this concept to fruition, and the development of the book from the appearance of the first printed fascicle in 1884 to the launching of the Dictionary as an online database in 2000 and beyond. It also examines the evolution of the lexicographers' working methods, and provides much information about the people--many of them remarkable individuals--who have contributed to the project over the last century and a half.

Lost for Words

The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Lynda Mugglestone
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300106992
Category: History
Page: 273
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Examines the hidden history through which the Oxford English Dictionary came into being in a study that traces the personal battles involved in chronicling an ever-changing language.

The Ring of Words

Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Peter Gilliver,Jeremy Marshall,Edmund Weiner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199568367
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 234
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Three senior editors at the Oxford English Dictionary examine Tolkien's career as a lexicographer who spent two years on the staff of the OED, analyze its influence on his creative use of language in his fictional works, and probe the origins and meaning of such Tolkienesque words as "hobbit," "Ent," and "mithril."

The Professor and the Madman

A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061807602
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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New York Times Bestseller Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson. The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history. “The linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine

Concise Oxford English Dictionary

Main edition
Author: Oxford Dictionaries,
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199601080
Category: Reference
Page: 1728
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This centenary edition of the world-famous Concise Oxford English Dictionary presents the most accurate picture of English today.

Pocket Oxford English Dictionary


Author: Catherine Soanes
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198605713
Category: Reference
Page: 1083
View: 1973

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This is a reissue of the ninth edition of the world's longest-established and best-selling pocket English dictionary. It is one of the new generation Oxford dictionaries derived from the database of the highly-acclaimed New Oxford Dictionary of English and is particularly user friendly with its elegant open design, with different elements starting on new lines. It offers excellent coverage of English as an international language, the defining style is straightforward and non-technical, andthousands of examples illustrate idiomatic usage. All irregular noun, verb, and adjectival inflections are spelled out in full, while guidance on grammar and good usage is provided by in-text notes. Additional features include Wordbuilder boxes giving information on related words and thematic tables on subjects such as countries, chemical elements, and nationalities. This title replaces ISBN: 0-19-861334-2.

The Meaning of Everything

The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Simon Winchester OBE
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199813643
Category: History
Page: 288
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'The greatest enterprise of its kind in history,' was the verdict of British prime minister Stanley Baldwin in June 1928 when The Oxford English Dictionary was finally published. With its 15,490 pages and nearly two million quotations, it was indeed a monumental achievement, gleaned from the efforts of hundreds of ordinary and extraordinary people who made it their mission to catalogue the English language in its entirety. In The Meaning of Everything, Simon Winchester celebrates this remarkable feat, and the fascinating characters who played such a vital part in its execution, from the colourful Frederick Furnivall, cheerful promoter of an all-female sculling crew, to James Murray, self-educated son of a draper, who spent half a century guiding the project towards fruition. Along the way we learn which dictionary editor became the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, and why Tolkien found it so hard to define 'walrus'. Written by the bestselling author of The Surgeon of Crowthorne and The Map That Changed the World, The Meaning of Everything is an enthralling account of the creation of the world's greatest dictionary.

Paperback Oxford English Dictionary


Author: Oxford Dictionaries,
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199640947
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 864
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This fully updated edition offers over 120,000 words, phrases, and definitions. It covers all the words you need for everyday use, carefully selected from the evidence of the Oxford English Corpus, a databank of 21st century English, containing over 2 billion words.The Factfinder centre section gives quick-reference entries on topics including famous people, countries, and science. Includes 3 months' access to Oxford Dictionaries Pro at oxforddictionaries.com.

The Word Detective

Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465096522
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
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"A charmingly full, frank, and humorous account of a career dedicated to rigorous lexicographic rectitude. . . .[John Simpson] is an absolute hero." --Lynne Truss, New York Times Can you drink a glass of balderdash? And what do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? The answers to these questions can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary. There is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments than its former chief editor, John Simpson. 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. A brilliant and deeply humane expedition through the world of words, The Word Detective will delight and inspire any lover of language.

Reading the Oxford English Dictionary

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
Author: Ammon Shea
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141964782
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 224
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'If you are interested in vocabulary that is both spectacularly useful and beautifully useless, read on. I have read the OED so you don't have to...' Weighing in at 137 pounds, the Oxford English Dictionary is the word lover's Everest and the world's most exhaustive and exhausting dictionary - for instance, there are over 60,000 words on the various meanings of set and un- goes on for 451 pages. Like a lexicographical Edmund Hillary, Ammon Shea set out to boldly read, where no reader has gone before - from cover to cover.Reading the OED gives a very funny account of his coffee-fuelled twelve months lost inside its 20 volumes. Divided into 26 chapters, one per letter of the alphabet, this book is part personal narrative (exploring everything from love to glasses to the superiority of books over computers) and part a collection of Shea's favourite discoveries. These span from the oddly useful (parabore - a defence against bores) to the downright bizarre (natiform - shaped like buttocks) and takes in Nashe's eight different kinds of drunkenness and all kinds of other strangely memorable information along the way. Filled with curiosities, delights and surprises, Reading the OED is a feast for language obsessives, from a man who loves words (perhaps a little too much).

Oxford English Dictionary

Single User Version
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780195222173
Category: Reference
Page: N.A
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The Oxford English Dictionary is the internationally recognized authority on the evolution of the English language from 1150 to the present day. The Dictionary defines over 500,000 words and traces their usage through 2.5 million illustrative quotations from a wide range of literary and other sources. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, pronunciation, and history of the English language. This new version of the Oxford English Dictionary (Second Edition) on CD-ROM offers unparalleled access to the world's most important reference work for the English language. The text of this version now includes almost 2,000 words and phrases from the OED team's ongoing revision program, as well as the full text of the OED Second Edition, published in 1989, the Oxford English Dictionary Addition Series (Volumes 1-3), published in 1993 and 1997, the Bibliography to the Second Edition, and other ancillary material. Minimum system requirements: PC with 200 MHz Pentium-class processor 32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended) 16-speed CD-ROM drive (32-speed recommended) Windows 95, 98, 98 Se, Me, NT, 2000, XP, or Vista Minimum 1.1 GB hard disk space to run the OED from the CD-ROM and 1.7 GB to install the CD-ROM to the hard disk SVGA monitor: 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit (64k, high color) setting recommended For help with difficulties with the OED on CD ROM, please visit www.oup.co.uk/ep/cdroms/oed Should you need further assistance, please email US Technical Support at [email protected]

Little Oxford English Dictionary


Author: Sara Hawker
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199202980
Category: Reference
Page: 818
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Packed with more than 107,000 definitions, the revised and updated edition of this popular, portable dictionary is completely up to date in its coverage.

Reading the OED

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
Author: Ammon Shea
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440634483
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 256
View: 6050

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An obsessive word lover's account of reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary, hailed as "the Super Size Me of lexicography." "I'm reading the OED so you don't have to," says Ammon Shea on his slightly masochistic journey to scale the word lover's Mount Everest: the Oxford English Dictionary. In 26 chapters filled with sharp wit, sheer delight, and a documentarian's keen eye, Shea shares his year inside the OED, delivering a hair-pulling, eye-crossing account of reading every word.

Words of the World

A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Sarah Ogilvie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139789538
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
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Most people think of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a distinctly British product. Begun in England 150 years ago, it took more than 60 years to complete and, when it was finally finished in 1928, the British prime minister heralded it as a 'national treasure'. It maintained this image throughout the twentieth century, and in 2006 the English public voted it an 'Icon of England', alongside Marmite, Buckingham Palace and the bowler hat. However, this book shows that the dictionary is not as 'British' as we all thought. The linguist and lexicographer, Sarah Ogilvie, combines her insider knowledge and experience with impeccable research to show that the OED is in fact an international product in both its content and its making. She examines the policies and practices of the various editors, applies qualitative and quantitative analysis, and finds new OED archival materials in the form of letters, reports and proofs. She demonstrates that the OED, in its use of readers from all over the world and its coverage of World English, is in fact a global text.