John Simpson, Word Detective

unnamed-2.jpgWas impressed by this lexicographical memoir by former OED editor John Simpson. I have read enough writing by lexicographers to know that an appetite for words does not usually come with the ability to tell a story. Fortunately, like the deliciously funny Kory Stamper (Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries), Simpson makes it look simple to know a lot about words and, at the same time, to use them with felicity.


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