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21 October, 2008

bayard, hansardize, imprecation, petrichor

Oxford English Dictionary

Some of you may know that I like to watch Sunrise every morning. Yesterday morning, I learnt above four words from the show. (to Don: Antony does not speak English.) Sunrise interviewed Ammon Shea, the guy who spent one year reading the entire 20 volumes of Oxford English Dictionary. From A to Z, that's 59 million words.

Now, the meanings of those words are,
bayard: is a person who is self-confidence and ignorance.
hansardize: to confront somebody with a record of what they said previously that contradict to what they said now.
imprecation: an insult or a word against somebody
petrichor: the smell of rain.

Without a doubt, Don can hansardize Antony easily. (BTW, the official records in the parliaments is called "hansard".)

Ammon Shea has a book Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages, you can buy the book from Amazon. Also, to celebrate 80th anniversary of Oxford English Dictionary, you can buy the entire 20 printed volume for 450 or US$895 (for US customers) until 31 January 2009. (source)

Wikipedia has an interesting story about Oxford English Dictionary.

And for the record, I've never heard of the words like bayard, hansardize, imprecation and petrichor in my life until yesterday morning. (A very important message to Don: Antony does not speak English.)

Posted by Antony on 21 October 2008 2:43 PM |

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And likewise, without a doubt, Antony can hansardize Don easily.
For the books, I've never heard any of these four words either. And we already know that you think that you don't speak English; there's no need to keep reiterating that.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 21 October 2008 9:27 PM.
To DON, did you know that "iterate" and "reiterate" have the same meaning?
"bayard: is a person who is self-confidence and ignorance."
Haven't been able to confirm that one, and I suspect that Ant meant to write "self-confident" and "ignorant", as it does not make any sense otherwise.IMO.
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 21 October 2008 10:08 PM.
Actually my old paper-back Webster's is 20 years old now and falling apart. Oxford is superior, as it is British English, and is up-to-date with all the new usages. But they are rather pricey these days.
In the Remote Village, the Farmer's Almanac is the final authority on all things.
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 23 October 2008 9:40 PM.
More on Shea's great book:
http://www.good.is/?p=13242
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