book meme

Someone actually tagged me on a meme, at least it’s a book based one :)


  1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pgs.)
  2. Open the book to page 123
  3. Find the fifth sentence
  4. Post the next three sentences
  5. Tag five people

Others have participated and I am destined to follow the format of inn0vate, whose nearest book to hand was a dictionary. Thus we have an excerpt for your reading pleasure from:

The Concise Oxford Dictionary 6th Ed (OUP, 1976) ISBN 0198611218

brigadier n. ~(-general), officer commanding a brigade, (titular rank granted to) staff officer of similar standing, above, colonel and below major-general. [F; see prec., -IER]

brigalow (-o) n. (Austral.) One of various acacia trees. [Aboriginal]

brigand n. Member of robber band living by pillage and ransom; hence or cogn. ~AGE (3), ~ISM (2), ~RY (5), ns., ~ISH a. [ME f. OF, f. It. brigante (brigare; see BRIGADE)]

This in turn reminds me of a certain conundrum, I have the recently published 6th Ed of the Shorter Oxford, however it dwells in a lovely spot on my bookcase at home in the loungeroom. It’s not at work where I’m most likely to use a dictionary on a day to day basis. On the other hand I don’t want to leave it work when I go home. The full OED is available on CD, however I gather it requires special software to run. What would be really cool is a version that runs on Linux, then I could install it on my eee. That would be way cool; the full OED to take with me everywhere.

2 thoughts on “book meme

  1. Hi Con, not sure if there’s specifically a concise OED or not, but I was referring to The Concise Oxford Dictionary (no English in the title). It’s the 1976 edition and has a total of 1,368 pages. Perhaps you were thinking of the Shorter OED ? Alas I don’t have that at work.

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