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    20 volumes
    21,730 pages
    59 million words

    1 year


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7654511.stm


    I honestly can't understand why anybody would want to do that. Discuss.
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    i could have told him it turns out the Zebra did it...

    :getmecoat:
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    There are worse hobbies he could do, possibly.
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    So has Profesh.
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    Don't get me wrong, I adore the OED, and I have spent hours looking up words and learning about them.


    But heck, the whole thing?
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    But why? Of all books, why that? Did he just think to himself one day "i'm bored. I know what I'll do. I'll read the entire Oxford dictionary from start to finish"

    He would have been better off reading "the cat in the hat"
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    I once heard of someone who read the entire Harry Potter series - twice.
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    What a waste of time.
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    I'd have just masterbated for the year tbh.
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    I'd have just masturbated for the year tbh.
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    "If words are to form a communication, you use them as a tool to communicate to people and it's pointless to intentionally use a word that no-one else knows."

    QFT.
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    (Original post by rich2606)
    i could have told him it turns out the Zebra did it...

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    Nah, I think it was the zygote. :p:
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    (Original post by ScottyLP)
    I'd have just masturbated for the year tbh.
    what continuously?
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    (Original post by coolworld37)
    So has Profesh.
    Oh, danger.
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    There'll be plenty of geeks out there who read it anyway.
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    I'm not gonna condemn him for reading it, but that shows how much of a life he has. :rofl:
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    How pointless.

    Did he retain anything?

    If so, why didn't he read something where retention of information would be more useful - like an encyclopaedia or something?
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    I wonder who wrote the OED...
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    people want to do these things for the same reason people want to climb everest, i don't see why people are surprised about this

    e: also, i really enjoy words that describe very specific things, like he describes in the article. he sums it up pretty nicely when he says they're like one-word poems.
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    He's cool. I tried to read the dictionary...got up to the first page of A's, got bored.
 
 
 
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