The Oxford English Dictionary (20 Volume Set) (Vols 1-20)

John Simpson (Editor), Edmund Weiner (Editor)

Published by Oxford University Press, USA, 1989
ISBN 10: 0198611862 / ISBN 13: 9780198611868
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Synopsis: This is a complete set previously owned by a library, with the library's reference stickers still on the lower part of the spine. The binding is tight, and there is a clear protective jacket on the boards. Pages are crisp and clean. This set includes the full 20 volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary- Second Edition, in addition to three volumes of Oxford English Dictionary Additions Series- An A-Z presentation of new work-in-progress supplementing the Oxford English Dictionary.

Review: 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 began as a a supplement to existing dictionaries, so that, as one lexicographer put it, "every word should be made to tell its own story." Enthusiastic readers sent Murray definitions and examples on identical slips of paper in response to a letter of appeal in 1879. By the time the last volume was published in 1928, the dictionary had swelled from 4 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 more. These features not only make the OED the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of the English language, but a delight to browse.

What writers like most about the Oxford English Dictionary

"I’m tempted to say that I love the OED because it contains every word in Middlemarch and To the Lighthouse, minus the unnecessary ones. I suspect, however, that that’s probably a familiar joke in dictionary circles."--Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
"The Oxford English Dictionary lets me follow the roots of words into the loamy depths of language. It lets me feel the abiding, generative life in it, the mysteries of its persistence and renewal."--Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Home
"The OED is one of my favorite ways of avoiding writing, which under other circumstances can be tortuous. But not with the OED. To begin, I look up a word. Then I get interested in its derivation, which suggests another word, another derivation, another word--Wow!"--Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of The Exact Same Moon

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Title: The Oxford English Dictionary (20 Volume Set...
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: 1989
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: New
Edition: 2.

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