Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Thu Nov 12 23:24:54 GMT 2015

On Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:33:23 +1100, Louie Chubb
<louie at chubb.wattle.id.au> wrote:

>On Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 10:36:02AM -0500, Aruvqan wrote:
>> On 11/12/2015 7:31 AM, Gwynne Powell wrote:
>> >
>> >Be warned. It GRABS you. For HOURS.
>> >
>> Isn't that the purpose of well written fiction [hell, even a fascinating
>> book of non-fiction. I can't be the only person here who has read
>> encyclopedias and dictionaries for fun!]
>Years ago I treated myself to the multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary. Just
>before a new edition came out the old one was being sold half-price. I love
>reading it, apart from anything else, for the quotes giving the first known
>usage of each word in literature. Fascinating.

I can access the OED (and similar reference works) online, via my
subscription to the local public library.

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