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The Meaning of Everything
Winchester has written a history of the people who envisioned the making of the first complete English dictionary. In 1860 two main dictionaries existed, Samuel Johnson's and Noah Webster's. The British Philological Committee wanted a new dictionary that not only defined a word, supplied the best pronunciation but gave its history. It must be free of political bias, give all variant spellings and definitions and include obsolete words. Seventy years w...
The Professor and the Madman
"The Professor and the Madman" deals with the lives of two men who came together through their work on the Oxford English Dictionary: James Murray, the professor, who was the first editor of the dictionary, and Dr. William Chester Minor, the madman, who was a contributor of material. Winchester describes how James Murray chose to use lay readers to help compile the information for the dictionary based on their reading. They would search out words and ...
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