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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"The complete, digitized version of the authoritative dictionary of the English language turns out to be one of those rare, but startlingly clear demonstrations of how technology may yet be a good thing after all. Instead of dropping $900 and sacrificing most of a bookcase for the full, 20-volume paper edition of the OED, you can get the same information neatly packed onto a single CD"--Washington Post
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