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Oxford English Dictionary was born from a bond of friendship

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A film, seen without knowing any background information about it, can sometimes captivate you with its unexpected content.

For me, one recent example is the 2019 biographical drama “The Professor and the Madman,” which is currently showing at theaters in Japan.

The film shows a bond of friendship born in the 19th century between a murderer and the editor of what would become the esteemed Oxford English Dictionary.

“The episode is little known, perhaps except among researchers of English dictionaries,” noted Nagayuki Inoue, 60, a professor at Hiroshima University.

William Chester Minor, a U.S. military surgeon who suffered from........

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