The Meaning of Everything

February 1, 2006 at 4:54 pm 1 comment

I started reading The Meaning of Everything, by Simon Winchester.  I was struck, while reading at how ‘wikipedia-like’ the original proposal of creating the dictionary was.  The goal was to capture every meaning and usage of every English word as well as each word’s complete ‘biography.’  The scope is unimaginable, until, as they did, you suggest that while it might take one man a hundred lifetimes, it would take a hundred men one lifetime, or a thousand men a few years.  Or something to that effect.  Reminds me of discussion of wikipedia and the scale of the work.  Some comments from Many2Many an interesting looking site.  Still reading.


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Patriot act in real life Notes and quotes from Anarchist in the Library

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  • 1. Feed My Pet Brain » More Meaning of Everything Notes  |  February 16, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    […] P.53 On the Wikipedia-style of work first suggested for the New Dictionary, a group of 147 volunteer readers were first organized.  Unfortunately after a time only 89 were still working – the rest had lost their enthusiasm.  Of the 89, 30 were first-rate, 15 were inferior, and 44 hadn’t done enough to judge! […]


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