:: reading the oed ::
October 7, 2009 § 1 Comment
when i’m not authoring discussion questions or vocab quizzes for the young wordsmiths currently being subjected to my tutelage, i still try to read for fun. here’s what i’m currently reading. i love the OxfordEnglishDictionary. i think it’s fascinating to track a word’s usage through the history of our language by reading how it’s been employed in excerpts from great literature. this chronicles one man’s quest to read the entire document.
i’m also truly reading it because my most inspirational English professor passed away shortly after we shared an email dialogue over our mutual anticipation of this book’s publication. i have no doubt he anticipated it more than me but i do wonder whether dr. brooks ever had the chance to read it.