Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

Front Cover
Penguin, Jul 2, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
An obsessive word lover's account of reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary, hailed as "the Super Size Me of lexicography."

"I'm reading the OED so you don't have to," says Ammon Shea on his slightly masochistic journey to scale the word lover's Mount Everest: the Oxford English Dictionary. In 26 chapters filled with sharp wit, sheer delight, and a documentarian's keen eye, Shea shares his year inside the OED, delivering a hair-pulling, eye-crossing account of reading every word.

What people are saying - Write a review

Reading the OED: one man, one year, 21, 730 pages

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This chronicle reads half like the journey of a madman and half like a word-of-the-day calendar. In it, Shea (coauthor, Depraved English; Insulting English) wittily describes his headache-inducing ... Read full review

Selected pages



Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Ammon Shea is the author of two previous books on obscure words, Depraved English and Insulting English (written with Peter Novobatzky). He read his first dictionary, Merriam Webster’s Second International, ten years ago, and followed it up with the sequel, Webster’s Third International. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bibliographic information