A woman who knits; specifically, a woman who during the French Revolution would attend the guillotinings and knit while the heads were rolling. The book is structured into 26 chapters, one for each letter. The world is full of inadvertists who inadvertantly do stupid things. Half the book are weird words he pulled from the dictionary and then some snarky comment, which were fun, but the best part of the book is the details of this silly quest and his general love of words and dictionaries. What the heck, he'll never see this review, so where's the harm? The book is no longer merely a list of words; suddenly it is a catalog of the foibles of the human condition, and it is speaking directly to me.
I love a meadow that is impluvious and the resulting petrichor, even if I balter through it. But his enthusiasm, his ambition, his struggles, and his successes barely shone through. I did not think I would actually laugh out loud at a book about reading the dictionary though I guess the idea is inherently funny. The author writes in a lively style that actually makes reading the dictionary sound interesting. That does not mean it's a bad book. And, Senator, you're no Ammon Shea. One who walks about in the streets.
Reading The Oed One Man One Year 21 730 Pages can be very useful guide, and reading the oed one man one year 21 730 pages play an important role in your products. Shea is a genial guide, and one admires his stamina and enthusiasm. This is the best fun I've had in a long, long time. The computer can only reproduce the information in a book, and never the joyful experience of reading it. Each word comes with a definition most of them courtesy of Ammon , and his ruminations about the word. A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. I reall I wanted to read this book for the longest time as I myself am fascinated with words and caught myself going through the dictionary for hours on end.
He read every word in the English dictionary, followed by every usage in existence, and its etymology. The rabbit in Thomas Disch's Camp Concentration? I now know that the gunk in the corner of my eye is called gound. Also, a prologue and epilogue. This book was more fun than I thought it was going to be. I found myself thinking of these portions as a travelogue of sorts: telling you about his trek across the vast lexicographic landscape, and the interesting inhabitants he met in his travels. It was easy to read and a little eye opening.
But the best is the random list of words at the end of each chapter and his co I'm still reading this, but give it 5 stars in advance! I've gone to the same gym as Ammon Shea. Hypergelast - noun - A person who will not stop laughing. Actually readi When I was in college I kept a short list of my favorite words. They keep their own schedule, one that more or less mirrors mine, although I think that they are lazier than I am. All of the human emotions and experiences are right here in this dictionary, just as they would be in any fine work of literature. This is a book I have been dipping into since Christmas, and I found Shea to be a charming guide through his project, and through the dictionary. Each chapter opens with a narrative section followed by a selection of some of Shea's favorite words beginning with that letter.
My Review: I confess: I am such a nerd that, at age 11, I set out to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica 1947 edition that my mother prized above all her other books. I made all that up but the sad thing was that when I checked the internet, I was actually right. Highly recommended for all you other word geeks out there. Do you know the word for the stretching you do when you first wake up? Other such pleasures can be found in words such as advesperate to approach evening , bully-writer a cruel critic , assy asinine , back-friend the original frenemy , conspue to spit on someone with contempt, leading to the obvious question, is there another way to spit on someone? I thought I was pensive. But, even without knowing Ammon, I would have found this book fascinating.
I enjoyed the book, but not nearly as much as I had expected to. I already knew of about 5% of these words, which, despite their being interesting in their own right, are basically useless to This is not what I was led to believe it would be. If you are a vocabularian or suffer from onomatomania, it is a facendium that you should read this as you will be finifugal as you get into the book. Perhaps even those who are unmoved by language would be pleasantly surprised by the power and emotion in words, and how we the rest of us came into this love affair with etymology. This book is full of stories about his experiences reading the dictionary mixed with stories of his life not to mention definitions of unusual words we've never heard of. I wanted to read this book for the longest time as I myself am fascinated with words and caught myself going through the dictionary for hours on end.
He first tries his own apartment too many distractions , then various outdoor settings too many distractions of a different sort before finally settling into the basement of a university library. James Murray in particular was renowned for attempting to ferret out knowledge, writing letters to every authority he could think of and posting queries in newspapers begging for information on a word. One of my friends ridiculed me for even having a favorite word. But the best is the random list of words at the end of each chapter and his comments. So, for a quick evening read, and the rest of the pages to put you to sleep when you need that, this is a cool book for book and word lovers. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket if applicable included for hard covers. Vexation at having difficulty in finding the right word.