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Treasure-House of the Language: The Living OED
 
 
Author
Charlotte Brewer.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9780300124293
Pages/Publication Date 334/2007
Daedalus Item Code 01736
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The legendary Oxford English Dictionary today contains over 600,000 words and a staggering 2,500,000 quotations to illuminate the meaning and history of those words. A glorious treasure house, the OED serves as a guardian of the literary jewels of the past and a guarantor of future understanding of the language. Beginning with the publication of the final installment of the first edition in 1928, Charlotte Brewer describes the difficulties of keeping the OED up to date over time and recounts the recurring debates over finances, treatment of contentious words, public vs. scholarly expectations, proper sources of quotations, and changing editorial practices. With humor and empathy, she portrays the predilections and personalities of the editors, publishers, and assistants who undertook the Sisyphean task of keeping apace with the modern explosion of vocabulary.
 
 
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