John Simpson: "The Word Detective" | Talks at Google

source: Talks at Google    2016年12月16日
John Simpson, “the man who transformed the Oxford English Dictionary”, recently retired as editor of the OED. Here, he guides us through its history with charmingly laconic wit. In The Word Detective, an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of English, he weaves a story of how words come into being (and sometimes disappear), how culture shapes the language we use, and how technology has transformed not only the way we speak and write but also how words are made.