RE: A comment on the apostrophe

Subject: RE: A comment on the apostrophe
From: "Carnall, Jane" <Jane -dot- Carnall -at- compaq -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 20:28:39 -0000

"Maggie Secara" wrote:
>Which tells me Carnegie, like so many others, missed the point of the OED.

Indeed he did: but even the editor, James Murray, seriously underestimated
scope of what he was planning to do.

Dick Margulis recommends:
>_The Professor and the Madman : A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making
>the Oxford English Dictionary_, by Simon Winchester

My favourite book about the OED is _Caught in the Web of Words: James A. H.
Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary_, by Elisabeth K. Murray. Vivid,
very entertaining, a great picture of both James Murray and his (at times!)
long-suffering family (all his children were drafted into sorting the
word-slips for the Dictionary, earning their pocket-money at so much per

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Compaq, UK
Unless stated otherwise, these opinions are mine, and mine alone.

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