Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Main edition

Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Main edition

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Authoritative and up to date, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary offers unsurpassed coverage of English, perfect for anyone who needs a handy, reliable resource for home, school, or office.

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is one of the most popular choices in Oxford's renowned dictionary line. Now in print through its various editions for a century it

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Authoritative and up to date, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary offers unsurpassed coverage of English, perfect for anyone who needs a handy, reliable resource for home, school, or office.

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is one of the most popular choices in Oxford's renowned dictionary line. Now in print through its various editions for a century it has been selected by decades of users for its up-to-date and authoritative coverage of the English language.

This centenary edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary presents the most accurate picture of English today. It contains over 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions, providing superb coverage of contemporary English, including rare, historical, and archaic terms, scientific and technical vocabulary, and English from around the world. The dictionary has been updated with hundreds of new words—including sub-prime, social networking, and carbon footprint—all based on the latest research from the Oxford English Corpus. In addition, the dictionary features an engaging new center section, with quick-reference word lists (containing, for example, lists of Fascinating Words and Onomatopoeic Words), and a revised and updated English Uncovered supplement, which examines interesting facts about the English language. Sprinkled throughout the text are intriguing Word Histories, detailing the origins and development of numerous words. The volume also retains such popular features as the hundreds of usage notes which give advice on tricky vocabulary and pointers to help you improve your use of English. Finally, the dictionary contains full appendices on topics such as alphabets, currencies, electronic English, and the registers of language (from formal to slang), plus a useful Guide to Good English with advice on grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

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This 12th edition celebrates the dictionary's centennial with 400 new entries (for a total of 240,000, about the same as the previous edition), 300 new senses (e.g., a new meaning for "tweet"), and numerous 1911–2011 highlight boxes explaining a word's changes since the first edition. High standards for brief, clear definitions are maintained, as are other traditional emphases: current usage, terms from around the world, technical and scientific terms, and brief etymology statements. As in the previous edition, usage boxes sprinkled throughout clarify many points, such as pronunciation and distinctions between similar terms. The appendixes now appear in the center of the book. Two of them have been removed—"English in Electronic Communication" and "Guide to Good English"—while a table about U.S. states has been added. The pleasing graphic presentation mirrors the 11th edition, with hanging indents from headwords. One improvement is a darker box around the word "Usage" at the top of the gray-scale usage boxes. Unlike the newly released, slightly larger American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th ed. (Houghton Harcourt, 2011), there are no photographs. Both publishers have bundled an online access package for individual (though not institutional) purchasers. BOTTOM LINE This well-researched, current dictionary is highly recommended, especially for those not already owning the 11th edition.—Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199601080
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Edition description:
Concise
Pages:
1728
Sales rank:
188,141
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.20(d)

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