The New York Times bestseller The Professor and the Madman fascinated readers with the story behind the creation of The Oxford English Dictionary. Now Simon Winchester combines some of the most interesting words in the OED with thought-provoking commentary in this word-a-day calendar.
It is said that today's properly educated and reasonably bookish adult knows about 20,000 words -- where knowing a word means being fully aware of its existence and meaning and reasonably able to employ it properly. The total sounds impressive -- until you consider that The Oxford English Dictionary lists more than half a million words as making up the current entirety of the language.
The entries for the 365 days within this calendar offer a selection of words -- many of them vaguely familiar, a few very well known, and one or two plain unheard-of -- all of which are gems from the vast treasure-house that is the OED. Each is worth considering, savoring, admiring -- and, most important, using.
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