The Oxford English Dictionary(20 Volume Set)

The Oxford English Dictionary has long been considered the ultimate reference work in English lexicography Compiled by the legendary editor James Murray and a staff of brilliant philologists and lexicographers not to mention one homicidal maniac , the OED was originally conceived in 1857 as a four volume set, but by the time the last volume was published in 1928, it hadThe Oxford English Dictionary has long been considered the ultimate reference work in English lexicography Compiled by the legendary editor James Murray and a staff of brilliant philologists and lexicographers not to mention one homicidal maniac , the OED was originally conceived in 1857 as a four volume set, but by the time the last volume was published in 1928, it had swelled to 10 volumes containing over 400,000 entries In the years since, the staff of the OED has continued to keep pace with our ever evolving language, and today the dictionary weighs in at a whopping 20 volumes The great joy of this dictionary lies in its extensive cross references and word etymologies, which can run a full page or These features not only make the OED the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of the English language, but a delight to browse.Reprinted with corrections 1991.
The Oxford English Dictionary Volume Set The Oxford English Dictionary has long been considered the ultimate reference work in English lexicography Compiled by the legendary editor James Murray and a staff of brilliant philologists and lexic

  • Title: The Oxford English Dictionary(20 Volume Set)
  • Author: J.A. Simpson E.S.C. Weiner
  • ISBN: 9780198611868
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Oxford English Dictionary(20 Volume Set)”

    1. i'm workin' my way straight through! really. my vocab is gonna be HUGE! and then maybe i can move away from all my "hick tawk". prolly not.

    2. The Oxford English Dictionary, or OED, is probably the best reference dictionary in the entire world. I have the 1989 20-volume set and so far have yet come up empty when looking something up, which I do at least once a week. It is a prized centerpiece of my book collection and I cannot imagine that it - like airplane tickets, good running shoes and anything by Ross Thomas or Jim Thompson - is anything short of an investment in my future and that of my family.

    3. You know, I thought I loved the OED, but it's coming up a little short for me recently. It, for example, has no current definition of "jizz."

    4. I got this in 1987, so I'm not sure I have this edition. I might have the one before. In any case, this is my most prized book (are the most prized books) in my collection.

    5. Simpson, John, Editor (1989) The Oxford English DictionaryISBN-10: 0198611862 $924.31Content/Scope: The entirety of the English Language, by definition. Literally.Accuracy/Authority: The Oxford Dictionary is one of the most well-known and widely-accepted dictionaries in the world. It is arguably one of the most authoritative dictionaries in the English Speaking world.Arrangement/Presentation: No visuals, words in alphabetical orderRationale: Every reference collection needs a good dictionary, an [...]

    6. The most comprehensive dictionary of the English language (this second edition consists of over half a million words), its true beauty is the extensive etymology of over 2.5 million quotations. Not only a scholarly masterpiece, it's also a tremendous amount of fun to peruse. Read "The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" for the unusual story of Dr. W.C. Minor, one of the major contributors to the original edition, who was incarce [...]

    7. I am torn. I haven't the shelf space for a personal copy (to heck with the miniature two volume with magnifying glass, I say) and have yet to receive a set, complete with bookcase, as a Valentine's day gift, but I am not luddite enough to stay away from the online subscription I have access to at work. Print vs. electronic? I say yes to both.Recent wordquisition: "long in the tooth" does refer to age, derived from estimating a horse's age based on its teeth.I heart etymology!

    8. Ever since I was a young boy I dreamed of owning the greatest dictionary in the world. One day my energy company told me I had been overcharged for several years and they owed me £350! A couple of days later while browsing wondering how to spend it (as one does in times of goodorill fortune), I found the OED on special offer at £450! One of my dreams has come true.Now if only Tara would call me after all these years. . . . . .

    9. Without doubt the greatest lexical achievement produced thus far and probably the best printed dictionary that will ever be (since it'll all be just internets from here on out). Beautifully made, cleanly written, and tremendously researched. Fun just to leaf through, definitive in settling disagreements this is a book more people should spend more time with, myself included.

    10. The perfect gift for a freshly minted MLIS graduate. :-) Every entry is a small story that allows for reflection upon how the word has played a role (or has yet to) in my life. Geeky, meditative, and profoundly satisfying.

    11. Truly, if I were ever stranded on a deserted island, the bound version of the OED is all I would need. Well, a songbook with the lyrics to all my favorite Christmas songs would also be nice. I could probably last in isolation indefinitely if I only had those 2 books.

    12. I feel that after completing Dr. Suess's One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, I am fully prepared to read the 20 volume set of the Oxford Dictionary.

    13. The OED rules in the Heavens as the great and powerful god of all English dictionaries. This is hands down the most complete dictionary of the English Language ever made.

    14. This is pretty dry, but I find myself thinking about it daily so there must be something to it. Stylistic very avante garde.

    15. online edition. brilliant but annoying. surprisingly incomplete. more a catalog of historical usage than strictly a dictionary (pure dictionary: websters international tops).

    16. It sits next to my desk. It will always live on the currently-reading shelf. I've learned that I will never really know my language.

    17. A greatly misread tome for lack of adequate instruction. The Oxford English Dictionary reads like a high school chemistry book.

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