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The Meaning of Everything

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The Meaning of Everything

The Meaning of Everything

The Meaning of Everything

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Join host Neal Conan and author Simon Winchester for a discussion about the Oxford English Dictionary. And, it's a tale of passion and suspense, full of quirky personalities and a cameo by J.R.R. Tolkien. But the central character is a dictionary. Editor Jack Lynch joins the show for a discussion of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary.

Guest:

Simon Winchester
*Author of The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2003)

Jack Lynch
*Editor of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary: Selections from the 1755 Work That Defined the English Language (Walker & Co. September 2003)

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