21 October, 2008
bayard, hansardize, imprecation, petrichor
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,
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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