Reading The Oed: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon SheaReading The Oed: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea

Reading The Oed: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

byAmmon Shea

Paperback | May 5, 2009

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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.
Ammon Shea is the author of two previous books on obscure words, Depraved English and Insulting English (written with Peter Novobatzky). He read his first dictionary, Merriam Webster’s Second International, ten years ago, and followed it up with the sequel, Webster’s Third International. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Title:Reading The Oed: One Man, One Year, 21,730 PagesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.3 × 5.53 × 0.7 inPublished:May 5, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399535055

ISBN - 13:9780399535055

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun for the average logophile I've never read a dictionary straight through, but this book may have inspired to try. It's a great, fun, light read for anyone with a love of words. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09

Editorial Reviews

"Oddly inspiring...Shea has walked the wildwood of our gnarled, ancient speech and returned singing incomprehensible sounds in a language that turns out to be our own."
-Nicholson Baker, New York Times Book Review

"Delicious...a lively lexicon."
-O, The Oprah Magazine

-William Safire, The New York Times Magazine