During my latest visit the the bookstore, I stumbled upon a fascinating little book: “Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages” by Ammon Shea. Imagine my utter delight to discover that someone else loved to read dictionaries! Ever since I was a little girl, I have been reading the dictionary for enjoyment. I don’t own anywhere near the number of dictionaries Ammon Shea has and I have yet to purchase the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) which is, in my humble opinion, the be-all-end-all of dictionaries.
One day I too shall be able to curl up in my reading chair with the OED and revel in all those delicious words. Maybe I sound crazy. I probably am. I can pluck my Concise Oxford English Dictionary off the shelf to look up one word in particular and an hour will go by with my nose still stuck in the book. I play a sort of word tag where I look up one word only to discover another intriguing word within the previous word’s definition. So, then I will just have to look up that other word which leads to another word and another and, well…you get the picture!
There’s an amazing world of words out there just waiting to be discovered and used. Hopefully more people who like to read dictionaries will step forward and share their enthusiasm to the rest of the world.