For Sale: One Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary

Why? Because my Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has finally arrived!

The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary includes all words current in general English at some time between 1700 and the present day. It also includes all words used in the works of Shakespeare, Milton’s poetry, the Authorized Version of the Bible, and the Faerie Queene. It encompasses a wide range of slang and dialect words, technical, historical, and literary terms, rare and obsolete words, and English from around the world.

Now excuse me while I go frolic in words.


6 comments on “For Sale: One Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary

  1. While the shorter OED is definitely a step up, we all dream of the day when we will have a complete copy of the full version.

  2. B says:

    How much do you want for the old dictionary?

  3. Sylvia says:

    RE: OED–Absolutely!
    RE: Webster's–You can probably find one for a few bucks at your local used book store. Shipping it would cost many times more than the book is worth!

  4. Talmida says:

    Congratulations!! I rarely use my OED now that I have the Shorter. (partly because I'm always losing that magnifier paperweight thingy).
    Next step — the 2 volume Petit Robert! (v.1 is Langue Francaise, v.2 is Noms Propres — almost as good as an encyclopedia!)

  5. Ella says:

    What is it about dictionaries that makes them so covetable? I have a deep attachment to my Random House College Edition (first prize in English, my junior year in high school!) but over the years I've owned many many more. Now I'm jonesing for an OED, one of the really huge ones. Is there a support group for this?

  6. Sylvia says:

    I think this is it, although it's really more of an enabling group than a support group! πŸ˜€

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