One of our patrons was once overheard saying something like, "Dr. Javersak is so interesting, I could listen to him read the dictionary!" After some thought, we decided to put that bold assertion to the test, with a live program featuring none other than our own Dr. David Javersak actually reading the dictionary, with the following enhancements: an exploration of the various types of dictionaries; a brief history of dictionaries; an examination of the Oxford English Dictionary's development and its American influences; Noah Webster; Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary; Samuel Johnson; and how and why dictionaries have to be updated. We think it will indeed be quite interesting. Join us, and find out. As Bierce defined it, "Dictionary, n. a malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work." If anyone can make it elastic again, it's our good friend David Javersak.
SPEAKER BIO: David Javersak is a retired professor of history, West Liberty University.
"Lunch With Books" is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. These lunchtime programs feature authors, poets, musicians, historians, and more every Tuesday at noon. Complimentary beverages are provided. Bring your lunch, feed your brain!
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