Weekly Curiosity Words, words, words… Th

Weekly Curiosity

Words, words, words…
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 151.8 million items on approximately 838 miles (1348 km) of bookshelves. The collections include more than 34.5 million books and other print materials, 3.3 million recordings, 13.4 million photographs, 5.4 million maps, 6.5 million pieces of sheet music and 66.6 million manuscripts. The Library receives some 22,000 items each working day and adds approximately 10,000 items to the collections daily.

The first Oxford English Dictionary was published in April 1928, fifty years after the project was started. It consisted of 400,000 words and phrases in ten volumes. The latest edition fills 22,000 pages, includes 33,000 Shakespeare quotations, and is bound in twenty volumes.

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