Reading the Oxford English Dictionary

Reading the Oxford English Dictionary

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Who among us does not know a wine-knight (a person who drinks valiantly), or someone who obaginates (to annoy by repeating over and over and over)? Who has not felt mumpish (sullenly angry) or appreciated the apricity (the warmth of sun in winter)? And who can honestly say they have not constulted (acted stupidly together) with a friend? The words themselves are delightful; their explanations are lexical gold. If you've ever suffered from onomatomania (vexation at having difficulty in finding the right word), Reading the OED will happify you.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 131 x 193 x 18mm | 225g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143202278
  • 9780143202271

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Ammon Shea has been reading dictionaries since he was ten years old. Along the way he has supported this habit by being a street musician in Paris, a gondolier in San Diego, and a furniture mover in New York City. He is the author (with Peter Novobatzky) of two previous books about obscure words. He lives in New York with his girlfriend (a former lexicographer) and a large number of old dictionaries.show more

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