The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

by Simon Winchester

Oxford University Press | September 15, 2004 | Trade Paperback

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
''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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.6 in

Published: September 15, 2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0192805762

ISBN - 13: 9780192805768

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magnificent Achievement This books is certainly a magnificent achievement for Winchester. He portrays the story of this magnificent literary achievement in such a way as to make it an exemplary and captivating read. This book would be an excellent addition to anyone's home library.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

by Simon Winchester

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.6 in

Published: September 15, 2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0192805762

ISBN - 13: 9780192805768

Table of Contents

Prologue Acknowledgements List of Illustrations 1. Taking the Measure of It All 2. The Construction of the Pigeonholes 3. The General Officer Commanding 4. Battling the Undertow 5. Pushing through the Untrodden Forest 6. So Heavily Goes the Chariot 7. The Hermit and the Murderer - and Hereward Thimbleby Price 8. From Take to Turndown - and then, Triumphal Valediction Epilogue Bibliography

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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.

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the author of the bestsellers The Surgeon of Crowthorne and The Map That Changed the World. After studying geology at Oxford, he became foreign correspondent for the Guardian and Sunday Times, and was based in Belfast, New Delhi, New York, London, and Hong Kong. He has written for the New York Times, Smithsonian, Spectator, and National Geographic, and is a frequent contributor to the BBC. He lives in Massachusetts, New York.

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`the account is engaging and its conclusion a triumph...an absorbing account'' The Scotsman
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