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The Dictionary of Lost Words mobi ✓ Hardcover Read ï Pip Williams ´ 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 MDay 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 ⭐️3 Stars⭐️The Dictionary of Lost Words has had so much attention and the cover is uite stunning I did find the first half of the book slow and a little boring but because it had such good reviews I kept reading and was so pleased I did The second half of the book was most enjoyable and it was uite an eye opener into the history of the Oxford DictionaryThe book is a fictional story revolving around the creation of the first Oxford dictionary Esme is a young girl who likes to spend her childhood sitting beneath the sorting table in a garden shed they name the ’Scriptorium’ This is where her lexicographer father and other workers debate which words are to be included in the dictionary Here Esme sits unseen and unheard she is motherless and is raised by her fatherThe word ‘bondmaid’ flutters to the floor and Esme hides it and then stashes it in an old trunk that belongs to Lizzie a maid who helps to raise her this will be the first of a collection of slips she hides This is the story of Esme's life and her fascination with wordsThe book touches on subjects of single parenthood the suffrage movement World War 1 and the bias towards the language of women and the lower classesRecommended for lovers of language Extensive research and love has gone into the writing of this book which is based on major historical events and real life characters

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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 WordsIn 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 “Some words stretched so far back in time that our modern understanding of them was nothing than an echo of the original a distortion I used to think it was the other way around that the misshapen words of the past were clumsy drafts of what they would become; that the words formed on our tongues in our time were true and complete But everything that comes after that first utterance is a corruption”The Dictionary of Lost Words is the first novel by English born Australian author Pip Williams Ever since she was a little girl sitting under the sorting table at her Da’s feet in the loftily titled Scriptorium the old iron shed lined with pigeonholes in the back garden of Sunnyside Esme has loved wordsUnder the direction of the editor Dr James Murray and with several other assistant lexicographers her Da Henry Nicoll was compiling a dictionary the Oxford English Dictionary The words their meanings and their use in uotes came on slips of paper to be sorted and debated sometimes uite vociferously and included or rejected “Whenever we came across a word I didn’t know he would read the uotation it came with and help me work out what it meant If I asked the right uestions he would try to find the book the uotation came from and read me It was like a treasure hunt and sometimes I struck gold”The slips might be discarded the word rejected if the definition was incomplete or a duplicate Esme hated the idea that words would be lost And sometimes slips were dropped Esme began to save these words They would go into her Dictionary of Lost WordsThis unusual inuisitive little girl wasn’t going to fit the middle class wife and mother mould At school “If all the children at St Barnabas were a single word most would be examples of the main definition But I’d be some rarely used sense one that’s spelled strangely One that’s no use to anyone” Esme was happiest when working in the ScriptoriumEventually “I had a desk and would be given tasks I would serve the words as they served the words” She later came to realise that words would not be included for various reasons but the one that most troubled her was that the word did not appear in print even if it was commonly used “I’m sure that there are plenty of wonderful words flying around that have never been written on a slip of paper I want to record them Because I think they are just as important as the words Dr Murray and Da collect I think sometimes the proper words mustn’t be uite right and so people make new words up or use old words differently”But it was when she was exposed to a charismatic suffragette that she began to notice how the process was skewed against women the poor and the disenfranchised And if motherless Esme wasn’t brave enough to take their type of militant action her female mentor could suggest a less blatant way Williams populates her novel with a marvellous cast of characters uirky diligent loyal nasty loving and wise they’re all there and emotional investment in Esme and her friends is difficult to resist She deftly demonstrates the power of words sometimes just one will bring a lump to the throat a tear to the eyeHer extensive research is clear from every page so much interesting information both historical and philological is woven into this wonderful tale Especially fascinating to any lover of words is the process of making a new dictionary illustrating the reason it takes so long Laugh cry and incidentally learn a lot in this brilliant debutThis unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Affirm Press