The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

by Simon Winchester | History |
ISBN: 019517500x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 7/26/2006
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Picked this up from, to put in my "Books about Things" bookbox. I read this on a bookring recently and really enjoyed it.

From the cover -
In his national bestseller, Simon Winchester offers a truly wonderful celebration of the English language and of its unrivaled treasure house, the Oxford English Dictionary. Winchester serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers, from "the irredeemably famous" Samuel Johnson to the "short, pale, smug and boastful" schoolmaster from New Hartford, Noah Webster. Winchester lovingly describes the nuts-and-bolts of dictionary making. We visit the ugly corrugated iron structure grandly dubbed the Scriptorium, and meet some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to W.C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption.
The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language. Simon Winchester's supple, vigorous prose illuminates this dauntingly ambitious project - a seventy-year odyssey to create the grandfather of all word-books.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing at Books about Things bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (9/6/2006 UTC) at Books about Things bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases



Putting into my "Books about Things" bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by elizardbreath from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Thursday, September 28, 2006
Taken from "books about things" bookbox. I think I will enjoy this

Journal Entry 4 by elizardbreath from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I've tried several times to get into this but just can't. Will release soon.


Releasing into Bunnylady's Neverending Bookbox.

Journal Entry 6 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Sunday, January 13, 2008
This looks very interesting. I love words and look forward to reading this. I see it has already been in MaryZee's Books About Things box which made me laugh. When I picked it up I thought-PERFECT! I can read it this week and have another book to swap when The Books About Things bookbox arrives. ;) Bookcrossing is such a small world.

Thank you for sharing.

Journal Entry 7 by Bluestocking88 at Longview, Washington USA on Thursday, July 19, 2012
This book is going back out in MaryZee's Biographies of Things Bookbox. I've had it for far too long, I remember reading it when it arrived--but it's been a while. I hope it finds a new home soon.

Journal Entry 8 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Thursday, July 26, 2012
Taking this out of the Biography of Things bookbox. Simon Wichester is great. I enjoyed the Professor and the Madman, so I am assuming this is probably the neat stuff that would'nt fit in that book. Some interesting new material, but I liked the Professor and the Madman better.

Journal Entry 9 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Monday, July 22, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (7/22/2013 UTC) at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA


Placed in 6of8's MaryZee's Biography of Things Bookbox. Travel far ....

Journal Entry 10 by innae at Aurora, Colorado USA on Saturday, July 27, 2013
Made its way to Colorado in MZ's memorial bookbox --

Ahhh...a MZ book :-). I read The Professor and the Madman and so I think I have gotten enough about the Oxford English Dictionary, so, travel on little book!

Journal Entry 11 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Taken from MaryZee's Biographies of Things box with thanks. I enjoyed The Professor and the Madman so I'm hoping this one will be interesting as well.

Journal Entry 12 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, February 01, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (2/1/2016 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA


Headed out in the latest incarnation of MaryZee's Biographies of Things box.

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Journal Entry 13 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
It's very fitting that one of maryzee's own books is traveling with this bookbox! I like Winchester's work, and enjoyed his book The Professor and the Madman (the subjects of which are touched on here, though not in depth). I dipped into this book to see if I wanted to choose it from among so many tempting volumes, but after enjoying some of the photos ("Hey, that's Tolkien!") and browsing a wee bit, I decided to leave it in the box for someone else. [Having noticed it on the wishlists of one or two of the participants farther down the list, I hope that it manages to fill a wish!]

Journal Entry 14 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, June 02, 2016
Taking from the Things bookbox as it was on my wishlist, although I have no idea why. Interesting about the other Winchester book which I never heard of!

Journal Entry 15 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
from the Things bookbox last round. I liked this better than The Professor and the Madman. I click on the OED all the time on my kindle and never noticed the nuances in the descriptions. Great book.

Journal Entry 16 by wingNancyNovawing at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Sunday, May 14, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (5/14/2017 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


Into the Things bookbox

Journal Entry 17 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Utah USA on Monday, August 14, 2017
I see that this book has made the rounds in this box, starting with MaryZee herself. Not sure if it will go back in the box or travel some other way.

Journal Entry 18 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA on Saturday, February 10, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (2/10/2018 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA


This book is back in the Biographies of Things book box and on its way to Florida.

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Journal Entry 19 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Saturday, April 07, 2018
Just want to chime in as I've read this book in the past.

When I started reading to it I have to admit it was a little boring, I even thought, I may be out of my mind to think that a book about dictionary sounds interesting. But then as a kid I liked to read dictionary (as there was nothing else to read at home and I didn't know yet libraries exist.) I am glad I persevered as the book got more interesting, so much so that I would likely seek out The Madman and The Professor to learn more about what was mentioned briefly in this one.

Journal Entry 20 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Made a short stop at my house for Biographies of Things book box. It will stay in the box.

I have already read this book.

Journal Entry 21 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, May 26, 2018
I'm claiming this from the Biographies of Things bookbox, because it's already been through the hands of everyone left on the mailing list! I plan to wild-release it in honor of maryzee.

Journal Entry 22 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Nubble Rd in York, Maine USA on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (5/30/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Nubble Rd in York, Maine USA


In memory of maryzee, who started this book on its travels long ago, I left this book in the Little Free Library on this warm, sunny day; hope someone enjoys it!

*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

Journal Entry 23 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at York, Maine USA on Sunday, August 19, 2018
I found it in my Little Free Library this morning. It looks great! I plan on reading it and then putting it back for someone else to find.

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