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The Oxford English Dictionary : second edition (20 Volumes Set) Hardcover – Abridged, 30 Mar 1989

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  • Hardcover: 21728 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; 2 edition (30 Mar. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198611862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198611868
  • Product Dimensions: 135 x 28.3 x 177.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,595,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An obvious choice, maybe, but probably not for the most obvious reason. When I am writing my own books on the origins of well-known phrases and sayings, I always check to see what the OED has to say. Usually, I hunt about first in the cd-rom version because of the speed with which words and phrases can be located. Then I turn to the 20 hardback volumes for a more leisurely read. But my chief interest in the OED lies in its rich store of citations. These provide a fascinating indication of when and how a word or phrase has first been found in the language. It is certainly the finest dictionary in the world. (Kirkus UK)

The OED has been to me a teacher, a companion, a source of endless discovery. I could not have become a writer without it.-- Anthony Burgess

The greatest treasure of wordsall the raw material a writer needs for a lifetime of work.-- Annie Proulx

The Oxford English Dictionary is more than a national monument to lexicography. The vast storehouse of the words and phrases that constitute the vocabulary of the English-speaking people is the ultimate authority on the English language as well as a history of English speech and thought from its infancy to the present day.-- The Times

The gigantic total picture of the English languagean epic achievement.-- The Observer

The greatest dictionary ever compiled.-- Sunday Telegraph

The greatest dictionary in any language.-- The Telegraph

It is a remarkable work of scholarship, and must rank high among the wonders of the world of learning.-- The Times Educational Supplement

The greatest work in dictionary making ever undertaken.-- The New York Times

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I remember a favourite editor of mine who, when reaching for his OED, would say: `Let us consult the final court of appeal.' To me, it has been many things besides that: an encyclopaedia as well as a word-hoard; an intelligent and knowledgeable friend who never sleeps and whose patience never runs out; an ally in the struggle against stock expressions (and at the Scrabble table); a Borgesian library constituted as a shrine to the story of English

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