Concise Oxford English Dictionary: 11th Edition Revised 2008

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Now in print through its various editions for almost a century, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary is one of the most popular choices in Oxford's renowned dictionary line, selected by decades of users for its up-to-date and authoritative coverage of the English language.
This revised eleventh 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 ...
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Overview


Now in print through its various editions for almost a century, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary is one of the most popular choices in Oxford's renowned dictionary line, selected by decades of users for its up-to-date and authoritative coverage of the English language.
This revised eleventh 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 revised edition of 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 now features an engaging new center section, with quick-reference word lists (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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199548415
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/11/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 1728
  • Sales rank: 1,408,616
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.50 (d)

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Writer's Next Best Friend

    Dictionaries are wonderful reference books as well as useful for the ordinary person wanting to check the spelling and definition of a word. <BR/>Spell check on computers is all very well, but I find them to be inadequate and incomplete. Besides, I'm old fashioned and like the feel of a book in my hand. Whether I'm working on one of my books or writing an article, this dictionary is right beside me. It is one of many that I keep close to use as needed. One day, I aspire to buy the complete OED and have a use for my magnifying glass. In the meantime, this is a fine substitute.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    A trip of dotterel.

    For this expat Brit, the OED supersedes (from L. supersedere "be superior to") all other sources, when settling Boggle/Scrabble disputes! The Concise edition is the best size for keeping handy at all times. Ideally, I'd like to see more detailed etymology, though I wouldn't want to sacrifice the vocabulary covered here. It's a compromise in the cause of everyday convenience.
    Scholars and researchers can go to the twenty-volume version! But people like me can have enormous fun in the centre section, where the list of "Fascinating Words", or "Collective Nouns" can absorb one for hours. Wouldn't you rather say "Torschlusspanik" instead of unevocative old "mid-life crisis", becoming "sesquipedalian" in the process?
    "English Uncovered", a densely informative 5-page article in the centre section, is a Must Read, where I discovered that "moot point" still holds it over "mute point"; whereas "just desserts" has conquered "just deserts" by 16%.
    Everyone should own this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    great bargain

    THIS IS THE DICTIONARY for any university or high school student serious about words. One of few dictionaries at this price, from THE dictionary publisher, Oxford, to contain etymologies.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

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    I'm in Heaven!

    The Concise Oxford English Dictionary 2008 may be a couple of years old at this writing, but we are not remiss in our decision to purchase this reference source. It's heavenly to see the English used in proper form and format. Being an American, I have issues with how the language is used. The Oxford Dictionary gives full descriptions with an additional notation here and there on how the word may look in America versus the UK. It's nice to see somewhere that still spells travelling with two Ls for instance. Proper English is refreshing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Fine just to get by

    Great dictionary for those with a passing interest in words. Contains English and American usage as well. Concise is the operative word here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    Excellent Source

    A must Have!!!

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