The Meaning of Everything
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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