Indeed. And as far as I know nothing like it exists in any other
language. It is even hard to explain what it is to those whose
background is another language and who have never consulted it
themselves. Come to think of it - it is hard to explain what it is to
English speakers who haven't used it.
Marcia Karp wrote:
> As it is.
> Carrol Cox wrote:
> > William Empson's greatness as a literary critic was closely tied to his
> > love of the OED. This may be a false memory, but I thin he occasionally
> > referred to it simply as "The Great Book."