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The Resource The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir, John Simpson

The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir, John Simpson

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The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir
Title
The word detective
Title remainder
searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir
Statement of responsibility
John Simpson
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Word Detective is John Simpson's memoir as the former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Simpson takes us from his first encounter with the dictionary in the old-fashioned world of Oxford in 1976 through to his retirement as Chief Editor thirty-seven years later. Simpson introduces us to the dusty basement archives and the traditional OED afternoon tea ceremony, and recounts the personal adventures of a life well lived, from marriage, to the birth of his two daughters. Simpson presents lexicography as an examination of the links between our language and our history. Simpson appreciates the depths of communication that words allow in part because his youngest daughter, Ellie, is autistic and nonverbal. Now in her twenties, Ellie still does not speak, and will most likely never use any of the words her father holds so dear"--
Summary
The Word Detective is John Simpson's memoir as the former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Simpson takes us from his first encounter with the dictionary in the old-fashioned world of Oxford in 1976 through to his retirement as Chief Editor thirty-seven years later. Simpson introduces us to the dusty basement archives and the traditional OED afternoon tea ceremony, and recounts the personal adventures of a life well lived, from marriage, to the birth of his two daughters. Simpson presents lexicography as an examination of the links between our language and our history
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Writing style
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10530307
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 423.092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
PE64.S46
LC item number
A3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary
Label
The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir, John Simpson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: The Background to the Case -- 1. Serendipity, Perhaps -- 2. Lexicography 101 -- 3. Marshallers of Words -- 4. The Longest Way Round -- 5. Uneasy Skanking -- 6. Shark-Infested Waters -- 7. Oed Redux -- 8. The Tunnel and the Vision -- 9. Gxddbov Xxkxzt Pg Ifmk -- 10. At the Top of the Crazy Tree -- 11. Shenanigans Online -- 12. Flavour of the Month -- 13. Becoming the Past
Control code
20822143
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 364 pages
Isbn
9780465060696
Lccn
2016025594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn945232328
Label
The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir, John Simpson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: The Background to the Case -- 1. Serendipity, Perhaps -- 2. Lexicography 101 -- 3. Marshallers of Words -- 4. The Longest Way Round -- 5. Uneasy Skanking -- 6. Shark-Infested Waters -- 7. Oed Redux -- 8. The Tunnel and the Vision -- 9. Gxddbov Xxkxzt Pg Ifmk -- 10. At the Top of the Crazy Tree -- 11. Shenanigans Online -- 12. Flavour of the Month -- 13. Becoming the Past
Control code
20822143
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 364 pages
Isbn
9780465060696
Lccn
2016025594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn945232328

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