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  1. I’m 61% through The Word Detective by John Simpson, which covers the same sorts of issues in heading up the Oxford English dictionary–part autobiography, part lessons in how historical dictionaries are produced, mostly mind-boggling insights into how the social construction of a dictionary/language works. Its the sort of book one can read chapter by chapter without having worry about losing track of the plot, so reading it on my phone whenever I have to wait in a lineup or doctor office etc. Sounds like this one will make a good replacement when I finish.

  2. Oh I love those sorts of books!!! One you can revisit over a long period of time…I also do this with short story collections.

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