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Man reads entire Oxford dictionary


Posted on Tuesday, 7 October, 2008 | Comment icon 10 comments


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"By any sane reckoning Ammon Shea is a vocabularian - one who pays too much attention to words."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by 1.618 on 7 October, 2008, 9:55
Why?
Comment icon #2 Posted by kobolds on 7 October, 2008, 19:28
good question , i also want to know
Comment icon #3 Posted by zentient on 8 October, 2008, 2:13
By any sane reckoning Ammon Shea is a vocabularian - one who pays too much attention to words. In a single, gruelling year, the sometime furniture removal man, busker and gondolier from New York has read the entire 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary from cover to cover. He has returned from his adventure in the far reaches of the English language with a rich harvest of obscure and forgotten words to share: indispensable gems such as "deipnophobia" (fear of dinner parties) or "apricity" (the warmth of the sun in winter). In return he suffered back pain, problems with his sight and constant hea... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Father Of Evolution on 8 October, 2008, 10:50
(59 million words spread over 21,370 large pages of small print) Depression May Lead to it... Or just nuts.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Harriet Reed on 10 October, 2008, 13:36
Out of all the books on his bookshelf, why the dictionary? What sort of person wakes up one morning and thinks 'Hmm, I want to start reading something today, aha there's the Oxford Dictionary, I'll give that a spin.'? Is he ever going to read a book the same way again?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Alister on 13 October, 2008, 3:22
This was quite interesting and ALSO good ADVICE...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Alister on 13 October, 2008, 3:25
Oh, and I don't think NEGATIVELY about this man in ANY WAY. I ACTUALLY think he has done GOOD to teach us a LESSON.
Comment icon #8 Posted by jesspy on 13 October, 2008, 8:56
Is he ever going to read a book the same way again? lol he will probably keep refering to the dictionary for the meaning of words in his book. But after the dictionary i think he needs light reading like this
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ghost Ship on 14 October, 2008, 1:55
I would love to have read this dictionary. It would do wonders for a writer. Never again would one need a thesauraus when writing a story and it would add more depth and meaning to ones literary works because you would have a much more substantial vocabulary and a keener understanding of words. At last one would find a deion for many things such as emotions or circumstance that you havent been able to find a word for as yet to give it meaning so as to at last undertsand. It would lead to a deeper understanding of life.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Shush_rules on 31 October, 2008, 13:42
I would love to have read this dictionary. It would do wonders for a writer. Never again would one need a thesauraus when writing a story and it would add more depth and meaning to ones literary works because you would have a much more substantial vocabulary and a keener understanding of words. At last one would find a deion for many things such as emotions or circumstance that you havent been able to find a word for as yet to give it meaning so as to at last undertsand. It would lead to a deeper understanding of life. But see the problem with that is the guy just read a dictionary, his not go... [More]


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