Concise Oxford English Dictionary

Luxury Edition
Author: Angus Stevenson,Maurice Waite
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199601119
Category: Reference
Page: 1682
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Offers definitions for English words and phrases, along with observations about the evolution of the dictionary since its first edition and tables that contain information for such topics as countries and chemical elements.

Oxford Dictionary of English

Author: Angus Stevenson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199571120
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 2069
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19 pages of contents in middle of book between end of L and beginning of M

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
Page: N.A
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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.

The Oxford-Duden German Dictionary

German-English, English-German
Author: Clark Thyen,Oxford,ed Clark,John Bradbury Sykes,Dudenredaktion (Bibliographisches Institut),Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198602484
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 1728
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This new edition provides an up-to-date and complete picture of contemporary German, including spelling changes ratified in 1996. Featured are more than 260,000 words, sample sentences, and maps. Thumb-indexed.

The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Peter Gilliver
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199283621
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.

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."

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).

Lost for Words

The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Lynda Mugglestone,Professor of the History of English 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.

Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

With Additional Material from A Thesaurus of Old English
Author: Christian Kay
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 4448
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The first historical study of English synonyms provides data on changing terms arranged topically in more than two hundred thousand categories dealing with the external world, the mind, and society, and treating each part of speech.

Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Oxford University Press
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780198610168
Page: 60
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What was life like for the British men, women, and children who lived in late imperial India while serving the Raj? Empire Families treats the Raj as a family affair and examines how, and why, many remained linked with India over several generations.Due to the fact that India was never meant for permanent European settlement, many families developed deep-rooted ties with India while never formally emigrating. Their lives were dominated by long periods of residence abroad punctuated by repeated travels between Britain and India: childhoodoverseas followed by separation from parents and education in Britain; adult returns to India through careers or marriage; furloughs, and ultimately retirement, in Britain. As a result, many Britons neither felt themselves to be rooted in India, nor felt completely at home when back in Britain.Their permanent impermanence led to the creation of distinct social realities and cultural identities. Empire Families sets out to recreate this society by looking at a series of families, their lives in India, and their travels back to Britain. Focusing for the first time on the experiences of parents and children alike, and including the Beveridge, Butler, Orwell, and Kipling families, ElizabethBuettner uncovers the meanings of growing up in the Raj and an itinerant imperial lifestyle.

The Meaning of Everything

The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192805768
Category: English language
Page: 260
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"We visit the ugly corrugated iron structure that Murray grandly dubbed the Scriptorium -- the Scrippy or the Shed, as locals called it -- and meet some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to W.C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption. The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language. Simon Winchester's supple, vigorous prose illuminates this dauntingly ambitious project -- a seventy-year odyssey to create the grandfather of all word-books, the world's unrivaled uber-dictionary. Book jacket."--Jacket.

A Guide to the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Donna Lee Berg
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press
Category: Reference
Page: 206
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A handy roadmap to the greatest dictionary ever compiled, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). This lively volume is the first to provide an in-depth account of the structure of the OED. Includes a bibliography, chronology, listing of key facts and figures about the OED, and more. 90 OED extracts.

Shorter Oxford English Dictionary Deluxe Edition

Author: Oxford Dictionaries,
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199206889
Category: Reference
Page: 3804
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The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary is a distillation of the twenty-volume Oxford English Dictionary into just two volumes. In this Deluxe Edition, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary comprises the two-volume printed edition of the book together with the CD-ROM version of the dictionary, giving users maximum access to this unique resource.

The History of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Thomas Vetsch
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638217957
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 20
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Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: Good, University of Zurich (English Seminar), 10 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The history of dictionaries certainly goes back to the 8th century, when the custom of making collections of glosses grew up. These collections, called glossarium or glossary, were a great help to students, as they were also a sort of dictionary. In the 10th century, Abbot Ælfric produced a Latin grammar book, including a short Latin-English dictionary - the first of its kind. In 1440 Galfridus Grammaticus produced the first English-Latin dictionary which was printed in 1499 by Pynson and bore the title Promptorium parvulorum sive clericorum. Until the 16th century, the emphasis of dictionaries lay on translating foreign words into English. Apparently, there was no need for an English-English dictionary, i.e. a dictionary which described English words to English people. In that time a lot of foreign words, mostly Latin ones, made their way into ‘standard’ English, which at first caused no debate but then was criticised by language purists. According to them English was in danger of being taken over by foreign languages and needed special support. This idea was the beginning of English-English dictionaries. In 1604 Robert Cawdry brought out his Table Alphabetical. About three thousand ‘hard’ words which had become common in English were listed and explained. Henry Cockeram produced the first work with the title The English Dictionary in 1623. Like other dictionaries of that time, it primarily dealt with ‘difficult’ English words. A polyglot dictionary of eleven languages was published in 1617 by John Minsheu. The Ductor in Linguas was the most monumental dictionary in the 17th century and for the first time, etymology was given some attention. In 1674 John Ray produced a dictionary which dealt with dialect words. It was an unexpected success and people all over the country began looking for additional local terms and sent them to Ray, who brought out a second and enlarged edition of this dictionary in 1691. John Ray can be regarded as the “remote originator of the English Dialect Society” (Mathews 1966, p. 26). Until then, dictionaries followed the line of old glossaries and only dealt with terms which were not common or rather unusual in the English language. This changed in the 18th century when the first attempts to publish dictionaries containing all English words were made. In 1702 John Kersey published A New English Dictionary; or, a complete collection of the most proper and significant words, commonly used in the language... [...]

Caught in the Web of Words

James A.H. Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Katherine Maud Elisabeth Murray
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300089196
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 386
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This unique and celebrated biography describes how a largely self-educated boy from a small village in Scotland entered the world of scholarship and became the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and a great lexicographer. It also provides an absorbing account of how the dictionary was written, the personalities of the people working on it, and the endless difficulties that nearly led to the whole enterprise being abandoned. "It is a magnificent story of a magnificent man, one of the finest biographies of the twentieth century, as its subject was one of the finest human beings of the nineteenth."--Anthony Burgess "A moving and dramatic story . . . sometimes tragic, often comic, ultimately triumphant."--Times (London) "A biography that possesses many of the virtues of James Murray himself--grace, humor, intelligence, curiosity, and scholarship."--Time "In her vivid biography, Murray's granddaughter brings his remarkable personality to life, and provides an unexpectedly fascinating account of the OED's long and difficult birth."--Times Literary Supplement "A gripping, engaging story; endearing, too. The daily round of a big Victorian family, with its jokes, games, and treasured seaside holidays, is entrancingly evoked."--Sunday Times (London)


Author: Sylvia Chalker,E. S. C. Weiner
Publisher: OXFORD University Press
ISBN: 0192800876
Category: Reference
Page: 448
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An A-Z of 1,000 English grammatical terms, including current mainstream terminology, older, traditional and many new, controversial terms plus coverage of wider linguistics items. Concise definitions are accompanied by more detailed explanations with examples of usage and many quotations from grammar books. Now available in paperback this book should be found on the shelves of all those with an interest in the English language