Sarah Ogilvie: The Dictionary People

The Book Club | 20 September 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Ogilvie about her book The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary. Describes the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, why the OED was different in kind from any previous English dictionary, how crowdsourcing made it ‘the Wikipedia of its day’, and how – as she discovered – quite so many cranks, murderers, perverts and foreigners took such an interest in it.

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