The Word Detective

The Word Detective

"A charmingly full, frank, and humorous account of a career dedicated to rigorous lexicographic rectitude. . . . He is an absolute hero."-Lynne Truss, New York Times

Can you drink a glass of balderdash? And what do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? The answers to these questions can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary. There is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments than its former chief editor, John Simpson. In The Word Detective… (more)

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Publisher: Basic Books (October 25, 2016)

Collection: Basic Books

Page count: 384 pages

Language: English


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