Letter – Uses for the O.E.D. – NYTimes.com

My mother loved her OED.  I found the volumes too large and the print too small. Here’s another opinion:

To the Editor:

Re “Oxford Dictionary 3rd Edition.com?” (editorial, Sept. 1):

Sixteen years ago I left my day job to take a chance on myself as a writer. In the first (unsold) book I wrote, the heroine saves her own life by using a volume of the Oxford English Dictionary as a protective shield, catching a bullet there, before cold-cocking the villain with “The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare.”

Now you inform me that Oxford University Press is thinking of publishing the O.E.D. in electronic form only? I don’t see how my heroine can save her life with an electronic edition of the O.E.D.

That’s just great. Now I’ll probably never sell this book.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Danbury, Conn., Sept. 1, 2010

via Letter – Uses for the O.E.D. – NYTimes.com.


About Stein Ink

Gertrude Stein's cousin. Writer, Reader, Knitter. STARR Restaurant Reporter and Virtual Travel Editor for the Tri-City Voice, serving communities East of the Bay (as in San Francisco Bay Area). Married with one wife, one small dog, and an irritable cat. Raised on the East Coast, where they have an "edge" not found out here in California. Two grown children: good men with families.
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