"Possibly pornographic" 1852 book sought; OED asks for public's help in the matter

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Oxford English Dictionary asks public to help track down mystery book

    much more at Guardian link above
     
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  3. STEADFAST

    STEADFAST New Member

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    Maybe one of the many colorful contributors to the OED was pulling a fast one. The story of the writing of the OED is fascinating. Reading about it is a hobby of mine. The editors had correspondents from all over sending in little slips of paper with citations for words. One prominent contributor was incarcerated in an asylum for the criminally insane, for instance.

    A couple of my favorites of the handful of books about the origins of the OED. Both are by Simon Winchester.

    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

    The Meaning of Everything: The Story of The Oxford English Dictionary
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Two great reads, those.
     
  5. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    I agree those two books are great reads.
     

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