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Shea divides his book into twenty-six chapters, one for each letter of the alphabet.
No one can know words like he does, but he lets us in on his love, and by the time we're done we deeply admire and appreciate both the OED and Mr Shea himself.
"Peristeronic" means "suggestive of pigeons," and may be my favorite word in the book inasmuch as I cannot imagine a single time I will ever need this word.
Mr. Shea accomplished the extraordinary feat of reading the entire OED (20 books, 21,730 pages) in one year, something that requires not only time and courage but great strength as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pichierri Fabio
I cannot imagine reading through every volume of the OED! After that idea took hold of my imagination, I discovered Mr. Shea's writing style to be witty and engaging. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Casey
A book about reading a book? Not just any book but a dictionary, and not just any dictionary but a huge multi-volume one.. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kiore
Now, who can actually read the entire OED cover to cover? Yet it remains a fascinating if not intimidating set of volumes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by s. berger
Ammon Shea chronicles his year-long reading of the Oxford English Dictionary. All 20 volumes. Even the bibliography. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Frank Bellizzi
One of my favorite books! It appealed to my sense of humor, as well as being educational. It is even worth rereading.Published 14 months ago by Judy Davis
I loved this book. You can tell the author truly loves words. I'm the same way. I'd never undertake to read the whole OED, but reading about someone else doing it fascinates me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amanda L. Davis
fascinating read, must have gone through it three times, you can just pick it up anytime open at random and read, only problem is that his definitions are too brief, would like... Read morePublished 16 months ago by S. murugananda