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Friday, August 11, 2006

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A small pleasure: yesterday morning a courier arrived bearing a presentation copy of the new Chambers Dictionary, 10th edition, to which I contributed some expertise in IT-related words. Coincidentally, its Introduction is by the Greatest Living Cumbrian, who occasionally resides a few miles up the road from here. The Dictionary is a beautiful production, and whether you're curious to know the meaning of jobernowl, fizgig and wallydrag or simply wish to treat the logophile in your life, you can buy a copy by clicking here. It is not, as the saying goes, a book to be cast aside lightly. Indeed if you're elderly or infirm I'd caution against trying to pick it up in the first place. But it will provide hours of pleasurable browsing for the curious mind. One can only regret the absence of an index.

5 Comments:

Blogger King Of The Hill said...

I recently read "The Adventure of English," and I have to say, all things considered, and taking into account a wide range of factors, and also, in complete fairness to the Braggster himself, that it was rubbish. Surely "The Greatest Living Cumbrian" is a Carlisle United reserve player? Do enlighten me.

14/8/06 1:02 am  
Blogger Nick said...

King, the days are long gone since all you needed to be was the 3rd reserve, on-loan goal-keeper, run the length of the pitch in the 93rd minute of the last match of the season and score a goal keeping your side in the league for you to be considered 'great' hereabouts. I'm not sure whether to be pleased or sad about this, but then I used to be a Workington Reds fan.
On the other hand, the Renaissance Man & Woman bumped into the GLC at a houndtrail yesterday. They say he's smaller than he looks on telly.

14/8/06 8:26 am  
Blogger King Of The Hill said...

Jimmy Glass was from Swindon wasn't he? Also, I think that bloke who did all the books about walking in the Lake District has a claim to being GLC. Can't recall his name, but many a hike around Buttermere was guided by him for me. Hound trail 'eh? I predict a riot...

15/8/06 1:38 am  
Blogger Nick said...

Hunter Davies was of the view that the GLC was Eddy Stobart . . . not an opinion I'd concur with myself . . .
This blog's enthusiasm for hound-trailing has lain dormant too long. I predict a posting . . .

15/8/06 10:00 am  
Blogger Nick said...

. . & I think that Alfred Wainwright was actually a Blackburn boy, not a Cumbrian. Though anybody can be a Cumbrian really if they want to be . . .

16/8/06 5:41 pm  

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