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The Dictionary of Lost Words doc Û reader 9780593160190 ✓ ❴BOOKS❵ ✯ The Dictionary of Lost Words Author Pip Williams – Insolpro.co.uk In this remarkable debut based on actual events as a team of male scholars compiles the first Oxford English Dictionary one of their daughters decides to collect In this remarkable debut based on actual events as a team of male scholars compiles the first Oxford English Dictionary one of their daughters decides to collect the objectionable words they omitEsme is born into a world of words Motherless and irrepressibly curious she spends her childhood in the Scriptorium a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary Young Esme's place is beneath the sorting table unseen and unheard One This is brilliantly well researched detailed refreshing journey emphasizing the importance of words empowerment and raising the voices of women during the World War I with layered impeccably crafted memorable true characters who changed the world with their special and remarkable contributions I have to admit this book needs your patience attention full focus Especially first third is overwhelmingly slow but when you get into the story and lose yourself in the precious world of words connecting with Esme and the preparation process of first Oxford dictionary your curiosity takes over and you get excited to learn by becoming part of the world and linguistics Esme is a little girl creating herself a secluded universe at a garden shed of Oxford called “ Scriptorium” Her invisible unheard unnoticed place was beneath the sorting table where his father and a loyal team of lexicographers work on collecting words for the first Oxford Dictionary One day Esme finds a slip of paper fluttered on the floor The word “bondmaid” is written on it She hides the paper stashing at Lizzie’s trunk Lizzie is the maid working for them raising her after her mother passed away Later she finds other tossed slip of papers so stashing them is turning into her special game Later she realizes each word she stashed relating with women unrecorded That gives her idea to form her own dictionary consists of lost words mostly about women’s world With the suffrage movement’s rising and Great War’s looming a new history starts written itself with the unrecorded abandoned neglected words It’s compelling well developed great work enlighten us about the unknown pages of history and magical power of true words I highly recommend it to historical fiction and based on real characters fiction fans It’s uite informative intense realistic novel to read and absorb slowly Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine for sending me this digital copy of incredible arc in exchange my honest review

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Enture out to meet the people whose words will fill those pagesSet during the height of the women's suffrage movement with the Great War looming The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative hidden between the lines of a history written by men Based on actual events and combed from author Pip Williams's experience delving into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary this highly original novel is a delightful lyrical and deeply thought provoking celebration of words and the power of language to shape the world This book is a historical fiction gem based on real events The premise is just so uniuely compelling not to mention importantEsme grows up in the world of the Scriptorium where lexicographers are piecing together the first Oxford Dictionary They are all men of course and the words that make the cut reflect their values and experiencesNaturally at the time women led very different social lives to their male counterparts rich with their own vocabulary and linguistic conventions – almost a gendered dialect that men either didn’t fully understand or didn’t deem worthy of the Oxford DictionaryEsme salvages the lexicographers’ discarded ‘women’s words’ from the Scriptorium floor to assemble The Dictionary of Lost Words in parallel The words she collects provide a vibrant portrait of women’s experiences in the nineteenth century – experiences that history wanted us to forgetThis book will charm history lovers and word nerds who get a kick out of strong female characters shaking up the status uo Recommend to anyone after some good old escapism Disclaimer I work for the publisher of this book but did not work on it myself and felt moved to write this review independently of my job

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The Dictionary of Lost WordsDay a slip of paper containing the word bondmaid flutters to the floor She rescues the slip and when she learns that the word means slave girl she withholds it from the OED and begins to collect words that show women in a positive lightAs she grows up Esme realizes that words and meanings relating to women's and common folks' experiences often go unrecorded And so she begins in earnest to search out words for her own dictionary The Dictionary of Lost Words To do so she must leave the sheltered world of the university and v The first Oxford English Dictionary was created in 1901 only by men Archives have proved that there were “female volunteers assistants spouses none of whose contributions were acknowledged” Where there any words “these scholarly men might have chosen to omit from their version of the English language?” This uestion becomes the premise for this storyOxford 1887 Esme’s father is “one of Dr Murray’s most trusted lexicographers” and she doesn’t have a mother to care for her thus a blind eye is being turned when she is in the Scriptorium under a table As a word on a piece of paper slips off the end of the table she catches it and saves it When she uestions what happens to the words that are left out she is told “If there isn’t enough information about them they’re discarded” With time she becomes an assistant now working ‘above’ the table Esme’s ambition grows She wants to collect the words on her own and not just wait for them to come by mail to the Scriptorium She fills her pockets with slips and pencils and ventures to the Covered Market on Saturdays Mabel who sells used wares fills Esme with plenty of words even with some which may raise one’s eyebrow or give a good chuckle The rule of dictionary is if a word is commonly spoken but not commonly written then it will not be included Esme argues this rule Enjoyable atmosphere I enjoyed very much the description of the Scriptorium A shed at the back of the house filled with scholars who have their routine which gives a uniue atmosphere Also the circle of friends When Esme goes to Bath for some time to assist their friend in her research who is an expert in history and respected for her knowledge She creates a circle of scholars who come to her house and others on regular bases The atmosphere of the afternoon tea gatherings is very specialThe story begins with Esme as a young curious and bubbly girl then she becomes closed off due to some events Being surrounded by loving people helps her heal and she becomes approachable again and thriving You can feel this process of her transformation What makes this story very special it is its uniueness Like no other story ever told before The search for words and defining them And lovable characters you warm up to very uickly With a deep grasp of words a uniue story is woven evoking time place and character saturated with beautiful prose Source ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review