Incredible story of the making of the English Oxford Dictionary and one of the major contributors, Dr. Minor, a mentally ill man in a lunatic asylum. I have always had a love for dictionaries and take a peculiar pride in the No Hablo Libtard Shirt English dictionary as one of the great accomplishments of men. My son owns a copy of the two volume reduced print set. We pull it out sometimes on Shabbos when we are sitting around the table and the meaning or derivation of an English word comes into question. I love that on Shabbos we put away our computers and talk to one another, free ourselves from electronics for a day. For us that often encompasses using the OED.
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I never knew the history behind its creation however and this book tells the No Hablo Libtard Shirt story. It is very sad because Dr. Minor was truly sick and confined to a mental hospital for more than 40 years. I thought he was treated pretty well though. He had his own 2 rooms with a fireplace and wall to ceiling bookshelves, including his shelves of very rare old books. I also think his confinement was completely necessary as he suffered from paranoia, delusions and sexual deviancy and had already murdered someone. He was quite a scholar and found relief and purpose in the work on the OED.
For many years it was unknown that the No Hablo Libtard Shirt Dr. Minor was a patient of the lunatic asylum but once that was known he was often visited by Professor Murray who oversaw the last few decades of the making of the OED. It took 70 years to create this dictionary. Dr. Minor was an American although he spent his childhood in Ceylon and most of his adulthood in England, still I think we Americans can take our fair share of pride in the creation of the OED.