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Ammon Shea is an American writer, known for his nonfiction books about the English language. With Peter Novobatzky, he wrote Depraved English (1999) and Insulting English (2001), which both highlight obscure and unusual English words. Shea later read the entire Oxford English Dictionary, and documented his observations in Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages (2008). He was subsequently hired to work at Oxford University Press as a consulting editor of American dictionaries. Shea has also contributed to the "On Language" column in Sunday's New York Times.

A dictionary collector, Shea had already read Webster's Second International Dictionary in the 1990s. Throughout his life, he has worked as a gondolier, a mover, and a busker.
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Total Books: 10
Bad English A History of Linguistic Aggravation
2015 - Bad English a History of Linguistic Aggravation (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780399165580
ISBN-10: 0399165584
Genre: Reference
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Bad English A History of Linguistic Aggravation
2014 - Bad English a History of Linguistic Aggravation (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781494554439
ISBN-10: 1494554437
Genre: Reference
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Bad English A History of Linguistic Aggravation
2014 - Bad English a History of Linguistic Aggravation (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780399165573
ISBN-10: 0399165576
Genre: Reference
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The Phone Book The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads
2010 - The Phone Book the Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780399535932
ISBN-10: 0399535934
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Reading the OED One Man One Year 21730 Pages
2009 - Reading the Oed One Man One Year 21730 Pages (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780399535055
ISBN-10: 0399535055
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Reading the OED
2008 - Reading the Oed (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780670073375
ISBN-10: 0670073377
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Reading the OED One Man One Year 21730 Pages
2008 - Reading the Oed One Man One Year 21730 Pages (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780399533983
ISBN-10: 0399533982
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Depraved and Insulting English
2002 - Depraved and Insulting English (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780156011495
ISBN-10: 0156011492
Genres: Reference, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Insulting English
2001 - Insulting English (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312272081
ISBN-10: 0312272081
Genres: Reference, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Depraved English
1999 - Depraved English (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312207731
ISBN-10: 0312207735
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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