Words and Phrases from the Printing Press

Anyone with an interest in words may find this short blog fascinating:

By the way, did you know that a personal subscription to the Oxford English Dictionary is £215 per year (far too much for me) but by joining your local library you may be able to access the website for free?

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  • I spent a lot of my formative years reading dictionaries and encyclopedias. 

    Just read them, browsed them, let one thing lead to another in the same way as people 'surf the net' these days. 

    I have the two volume Shorter Oxford Dictionary from about twenty years ago, proudly displayed on a bookshelf and I will still get it out to read it, not looking up one particular word but just the sheer pleasure of discovering new words, and re-familiarising myself with old ones forgotten.

    There is something about books that just isn't there with computers.