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Jan. 6th, 2006

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I'm currently reading "Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy". I bought this a few years ago, but I put it to one side, and I've only just got round to resuming it. It's a collection of essays (i.e. a different author in each chapter), and some are better than others, but on the whole it's quite interesting. I'll post longer thoughts when I've finished, but for now here's a sample quote:

"By decoupling the standard epistemological linkage of the social to the irrational, room can be made for a pluralist conception of knowledge in which the richly humanistic can coexist with the crisply formal."

I think it may be time to upgrade my "Griffin Savers Pocket Dictionary" (freebie from opening a Midland bank account when I was 10) to a copy of the OED...

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Date:January 7th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think an OED would help here; a rewrite is what's really needed. :p

Although a good dead tree dictionary is a sensible investment. I still <3 my Oxford Canadian, even 6 years on.
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Date:January 8th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
On closer inspection, this area is a bit more complex than I thought. My pocket dictionary is an Oxford Dictionary of English. However, this is distinct from the Oxford English Dictionary. (Not that the Amazon search tool can tell the difference, even if you use quotes, mutter mutter.)

The Oxford Dictionary of English looks like this, comes in one volume, and costs about 25 quid.

The Oxford English dictionary (2nd edition) comes in 20 volumes, and costs 550 quid. Or in one volume, in tiny print, complete with magnifying glass! It would look nice next to Brittanica on my shelves, but I think I'll go for a one volume book as an interim step...
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