Bruce Moore

Letters to the Editor - April 2018

Australian Book Review
23 March 2018

Comments from John Miller, Barry Oakley, Davd Fitzpatrick, Claire Rhoden, and Robert Wills.

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Bruce Moore reviews 'Beowulf' translated by Stephen Mitchell

Bruce Moore
22 February 2018

The Old English Beowulf, the most important poem in English before Chaucer, was probably composed in the eighth century. The poem traces Beowulf’s three fights against the monst More

Bruce Moore reviews 'That’s the Way It Crumbles: The American conquest of English' by Matthew Engel

Bruce Moore
06 December 2017

Matthew Engel has written for many years in The Guardian and the Financial Times, on topics ranging from politics to sport, and between 1993 and 2007 he produced editions More

Bruce Moore reviews 'The Word Detective: A life in words, from Serendipity to Selfie' by John Simpson

Bruce Moore
28 February 2017

What does a lexicographer do? How do you become a lexicographer? What makes a good lexicographer? What is the difference between a ‘standard’ dictionary and a dictionary based on historical principles? How do you reinvent the Oxford English Dictionary so that it has a secure place in an online modern publishing world? These are among the questions explo ... More

Bruce Moore reviews 'The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary' by Peter Gilliver

Bruce Moore
30 November 2016

There have been popular accounts of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, especially Simon Winchester’s The Surgeon of Crowthorne (1998) and The Meaning of Everything (2003), and th More

The new 'Australian National Dictionary' by Bruce Moore

Bruce Moore
25 July 2016

The Australian National Dictionary – the second edition of which has just been published – is based on historical principles and modelled on the large Oxford ...

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Bruce Moore reviews 'Authorisms' by Paul Dickson

Bruce Moore
31 October 2014

American Paul Dickson has written many books on aspects of language, including Words from the White House (2013). He also claims to have invented some fifty words, although he admits that only two of these have any real chance of becoming ‘household words’: word word ‘a word that is repeated to distinguish it ... More