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cmkippcasati, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by cmkippcasati)
Ultimate dictionary, dictionaries on the internet are a pale farce of this set of books. The internet has a limited set of meanings, thereby leaving a writer or researcher with access to small range in the usage and expression of the English language.
These books have stood the test of time, the internet has not provided anything to compare with them! The English language compiled at your fingertips!
Taminar, October 29, 2010 (view all comments by Taminar)
I love dictionaries. I can spend hours looking up one word, because I'll get distracted by other words and pictures (depending on the edition). The Oxford English Dictionary is one of the best dictionaries for this kind of word browsing. By including a word's history as well as key quotes using the words, it's far more than just a way to look up word meanings. It's entertaining, educational, informative, and enlightening. I just wish I could afford to own a set of my own.
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by Annie Proulx,
"The richest people in the world are those who have the OED on their shelves. Here is the greatest treasure of words waiting to be assembled into fiery tracts and rants, literary novels, histories, sagas, comic poems, exposes, polemics, tall tales and learned treatises, kids' books, advert copy, reports on busted dams and declarations, all the expressions of a hundred different cultures. And the sturdy boxes in which the dictionary comes are each the perfect size for a manuscript. So there it is, all the raw material a writer needs for a lifetime of work."
by Reynolds Price,
"Since my Milton teacher sent me to the OED at the start of my college career, that vast and virtuous monument has been an almost daily companion. It's far the most important of my reference aids; and of all things for a dictionary, it's proved likewise a steady source of surprise and delight."
by Oliver Sacks,
"When I first got the OED I read it through from A to Z. I wondered which word had the greatest coverage, and in Volume VIII (Q-Sh), I found it: 'set.' More than a hundred and twenty meanings were given for the verb 'set' used alone; another thirty or so when used in conjunction with various prepositions and adverbs (set aside, set about, set apart, etc.). I got the feeling that this little three-letter word might be the most useful and versatile in the entire English language."
by Anthony Burgess,
"The OED has been to me a teacher, a companion, a source of endless discovery. I could not have become a writer without it. "
by The Nation,
"No similar work, not even the great Lexicon of the brothers Grimm, is comparable to [the OED] in magnitude, accuracy, or completeness. It is one of the monuments to the patient persistence of scholarship and one of the most sterling illustrations of that strange piety which only scholars can understand."
by The Washington Post,
"No one who reads or writes seriously can be without the OED."
"In all probability, the greatest continuing work of scholarship that this century has produced."
by The Times Educational Supplement,
"It is a remarkable work of scholarship, and must rank high among the wonders of the world of learning."
Unmatched in accuracy and comprehensiveness, The Oxford English Dictionary is now available from Omnigraphics in a new, expanded second edition (OED2). In its first revision since 1928, the OED2 is the ultimate authority on the usage and meaning of English words and phrases and is a fascinating guide to the evolution of the language.
Defining over half a million words, the second edition of OED2 is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words. With more than 2.4 million illustrative quotations, it provides an invaluable record of the language, tracing the various uses of each word throughout the centuries. For those who are already familiar with OED and for those who have yet to discover its riches, OED2 offers a treasure-house of the language — a true "wonder of the world of learning"
Eighty years ago, the "greatest work in dictionary-making ever undertaken" was completed. And with its enormous range, unparalleled historical depth, detailed etymologies, and inexhaustible supply of illustrative quotations, it has enriched the lives of writers, readers, and word-lovers of all stripes ever since. Begun in 1857, published in ten volumes in 1928, subsequently revised and expanded to 20 volumes in 1989, and now adopted to the electronic age, the OED has become the most venerated and most beloved English-language reference ever compiled.
The key feature of the OED, of course, is its unique historical focus. Accompanying each definition is a chronologically arranged group of quotations that illustrate the evolution of meaning from the word's first recorded usage and show the contexts in which it can be used. The quotations are drawn from a huge variety of sources--literary, scholarly, technical, popular-and represent authors as disparate as Geoffrey Chaucer and Erica Jong, William Shakespeare and Raymond Chandler, Charles Darwin and John Le Carre. In all, nearly 2.5 million quotations--illustrating over a half-million words--can be found in the OED. Other features distinguishing the entries in the dictionary are the most authoritative definitions, detailed information on pronunciation, variant spellings throughout each word's history, extensive treatment of etymology, and details of area of usage and of any regional characteristics (including geographical origins).
A dictionary like no other in the world, the OED has been described as "among the wonders of the world of scholarship." Reflecting upon the Dictionary's 80 years, that statement is today more apt than it ever has been.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the magnificent "Oxford English Dictionary. Originally published in fascicles starting in 1884 and completed in 1928, subsequently revised, expanded to 20 volumes, and adapted to the electronic age, the "OED has become the most venerated English language reference ever compiled. For those who use and love the language most intensely, the "OED has no peer. With more than 22,000 pages of definitions, nearly 2.5 illustrative quotations from writers as disparate as Geoffrey Chaucer and Erica Jong, William Shakespeare and Raymond Chandler, Charles Darwin and Quentin Tarantino, the OED is a dictionary like no other. Its entries offer the most authoritative definitions, detailed information on pronunciation, variant spellings throughout each word's history, extensive treatment of etymology, and details of area of usage and of any regional characteristics (including geographical origins). It is, as "Time observed, "a scholarly Everest."
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