Exchange Exemplar: The Return Of "The Word Detective"

Aug 15, 2019

John Simpson spent much of his adult life laboring on a book.  You'd think he might have long since devoted himself to streaming video, but no, he still has a passion for the printed word. 

It all makes more sense when you realize the book he labored on is the Oxford English Dictionary, where he was chief editor for 20 years.  He wrote of the work of compiling and editing the OED in another book, The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary

John Simpson visited in 2016, and we revisit his interview here.