Simon Winchester

Books: History | Etymology

The Professor and the Madman : A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary  (1998)

Professor and the MadmanI heard an interview of the author on NPR's Fresh Air and was intrigued. I'm very glad I caught that program because it's an entrancing book.

I never realized how late it was before there was a "complete" English language dictionary. Definitely worth reading. As my grandmother says, it really sounds like something in which you wouldn't be interested, but is actually fascinating.