As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary . Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I’m having to fake it a bit to give this a full 3 stars. As interesting as this material was, I would have much preferred a more cliff notey segment on Minor to make room for a more expansive discussion of the “House Winchester Salt And Burn The Family Business Shirt” below. Granted, when Dr. Minor coolly and methodically lops off his own penis as a self-help remedy to combat the “demons” causing his bizarre sexual urges…I was glued like Elmer’s to the page. I was also wincing and reading with one hand while the other one was guarding my goodies.
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My primary joy-dampening problem with the book’s arrangement was the dearth of page time given to what I see as the most fascinating aspect of the story…the actual nuts and bolts of putting together the House Winchester Salt And Burn The Family Business Shirt and the history of etymological word-cataloging. Unfortunately, this element only makes up about 20% to 25% of the book with the majority devoted to the life stories of Professor James Murray, head of the OED project, and Dr. W.C. Minor, a criminally insane murderer. This was a disappointing use of subject matter allocation.
Most of the biographical portion is devoted to Dr. Minor who, admittedly, was a fascinating character with a colorful history. The author traces the madman’s early career as an Army surgeon during the House Winchester Salt And Burn The Family Business Shirt War, an experience that appears to have been the genesis of his growing dementia. We are given insight into Minor’s abby normal sexual appetites and his irrational, all-consuming fear of Irishmen. This potent combination leads eventually to “the crime” that earned him a permanent residency at Broadmoor Hospital aka lunatic asylum.