- Leather Bound: 22000 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (June 29, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0191958921
- ISBN-13: 978-0191958922
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 10.7 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 pounds
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- Average Customer Review: 173 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,977,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Proper words in their proper places--and a good many improper ones, too! If the OED's many obsolete definitions tend to be the most enjoyable--shuff is dialect for "shy," dolt was once upon a time a verb as well, meaning "to befool"--everyday idiosyncrasies still abound. But, for instance, occupies nine columns of text, and who would wish a single line away? There's also the sublime pleasure of trawling through the sea of relevant quotations. The OED's initial team of "voluntary readers" was asked to cite as many phrases as possible for both archaic and ordinary terms. None seems to have found this remotely arduous, and we now reap the >ubiquitous ("present or appearing everywhere; omnipresent") rewards. This huge venture is a labor of lore, love, and good humor. One caveat: If you skip over the Historical Introduction, you'll miss learning about the Unregistered Words Committee, and overlook the wry warning, "If there is any truth in the old Greek maxim that a large book is a great evil, English dictionaries have been steadily growing worse ever since their inception...." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'It is, of course, the second edition of the greatest dictionary of all'
William Russell, Glasgow Herald
'The dimensions of the dictionary are awe-inspiring. A wonderfully versatile research tool'
'The alpha, the omega, and some 464,000 more words besides. Incomparable.'
The Sydney Morning Herald
'a near miracle of data processing ... a thorough-going revision of the greatest dictionary of the English language ... OED2 is a work that no serious researcher can afford to ignore'
Peter Baker, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Notes and Queries, March 1991
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I am still reading the rather elaborate introductory pages so that I can appreciate this awesome book better and also make the fullest possible use of it.
If you are an ambitious writer, a journalist, a voracious reader or simply a lover of English words, you just cannot do without this book!
The only complaint is that the shipping was delayed a little (though I had opted for the expedited option); it took about 15 days to receive the 20-volume set. (I had also asked for the 3-volume Additions Series which I received in exactly 3 days and in excellent condition too.)
But I must say that Amazon compensated me and also promptly responded to all my queries. Also the books were in such excellent condition. Here in India, even if I purchase new books from the biggest bookshops, I rarely receive books that are in such excellent condition. The books were also packed with meticulous care and still retained the fresh crisp smell of new pages and printing ink! What more can a bibliophile ask for?!
This edition is very well-constructed and sturdy and surprisingly easy to use considering its ultra-condensed nature. There's no doubt that this is a luxury item but if you have the money it's a wise choice.
One of the beautiful things about this dictionary, is that it takes you back to the root of every word in the English Language. This is essential if you truly want to "UNDERSTAND".