The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary

The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary

by John Simpson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541697218
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 634,214
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Simpson is the former chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, where he helped digitize the dictionary. He lives in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Background to the Case

1. Serendipity, Perhaps

2. Lexicography 101

3. Marshallers of Words

4. The Longest Way Round

5. Uneasy Skanking

6. Shark-Infested Waters

7. OED Redux

8. The Tunnel and the Vision

9. Gxddbov Xxkxzt Pg Ifmk

10. At the Top of the Crazy Tree

11. Shenanigans Online

12. Flavour of the Month

13. Becoming the Past

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