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For anyone who wants to know not only what words mean but what they have meant, where they come from, and how they have been used and changed over the centuries; for anyone who wants to see, through over 2.5 million illustrative quotations, how the English language has been shaped and reshaped by its greatest writers; for anyone who delights in the sheer lexical expansiveness of 22,000 pages of definitions, there can be no equal to, and indeed no substitute for, the magnificent 20-volume OED. Now with purchase of this amazing set get the new version of the Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition on CD-ROM free!
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Proper words in their proper places--and a good many improper ones, too! If the OED's many obsolete definitions tend to be the most enjoyable--shuff is dialect for "shy," dolt was once upon a time a verb as well, meaning "to befool"--everyday idiosyncrasies still abound. But, for instance, occupies nine columns of text, and who would wish a single line away? There's also the sublime pleasure of trawling through the sea of relevant quotations. The OED's initial team of "voluntary readers" was asked to cite as many phrases as possible for both archaic and ordinary terms. None seems to have found this remotely arduous, and we now reap the ubiquitous ("present or appearing everywhere; omnipresent") rewards. This huge venture is a labor of lore, love, and good humor. One caveat: If you skip over the Historical Introduction, you'll miss learning about the Unregistered Words Committee, and overlook the wry warning, "If there is any truth in the old Greek maxim that a large book is a great evil, English dictionaries have been steadily growing worse ever since their inception...."About the Author:
J. A. Simpson worked on the Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary and prepared the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs.
E. S. C. Weiner also served on the editorial staff of the Supplement and compiled the Oxford Guide to English Usage.
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