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

Paperback | September 15, 2004

bySimon Winchester

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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 theefforts 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, whospent 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.

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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 theefforts of hundreds of ordinary and extraordi...

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, S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.6 inPublished:September 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192805762

ISBN - 13:9780192805768

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PrologueAcknowledgementsList of Illustrations1. Taking the Measure of It All2. The Construction of the Pigeonholes3. The General Officer Commanding4. Battling the Undertow5. Pushing through the Untrodden Forest6. So Heavily Goes the Chariot7. The Hermit and the Murderer - and Hereward Thimbleby Price8. From Take to Turndown - and then, Triumphal ValedictionEpilogueBibliography

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