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The Resource The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir, John Simpson

The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir, John Simpson

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The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir
Title
The word detective
Title remainder
searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir
Statement of responsibility
John Simpson
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"What do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? Can you drink a glass of balderdash? And if, serendipitously, you find yourself in Serendip, then where exactly are you? The answers to all of these questions can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, the definitive record of the English language. And there is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments, its quirks, and its quiddities than the former chief editor of the OED, John Simpson. John spent almost four decades of his life immersed in the intricacies of our language, and guides us through its history with charmingly laconic wit. In The Word Detective, an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of English, he weaves a story of how words come into being (and sometimes disappear), how cultures shape the language we use, and how we cope when words fail us. Throughout, he enlivens his narrative with lively excavations and investigations of individual words-from deadline to online and back to 101 (yes, it's a word)-all the while reminding us that the seemingly mundane words (can you name the four different meanings of ma?) are often the most interesting ones. A brilliant expedition through the world of words, The Word Detective will delight, inspire, and educate any lover of language"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
index present
LC call number
PE64.S46
LC item number
A3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir, John Simpson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the background to the case -- Serendipity, perhaps -- Lexicography 101 -- Marshallers of words -- The longest way round -- Uneasy skanking -- Shark-infested waters -- OED redux -- The tunnel and the vision -- Gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk -- At the top of the crazy tree -- Shenanigans online -- Flavour of the month -- Becoming the past
Control code
ocn945232328
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 364 pages
Isbn
9780465060696
Lccn
2016025594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465060696
  • (OCoLC)945232328
Label
The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir, John Simpson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the background to the case -- Serendipity, perhaps -- Lexicography 101 -- Marshallers of words -- The longest way round -- Uneasy skanking -- Shark-infested waters -- OED redux -- The tunnel and the vision -- Gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk -- At the top of the crazy tree -- Shenanigans online -- Flavour of the month -- Becoming the past
Control code
ocn945232328
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 364 pages
Isbn
9780465060696
Lccn
2016025594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465060696
  • (OCoLC)945232328

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