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"Now updated with more than 3,000 new words and meanings, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary manages more than one third of the coverage of the OED in one-tenth the size. More than 500,000 definitions grace its 3,984 pages, and its innovative, open design makes this vast amount of information easily navigable and identifiable. The Shorter covers virtually every word or phrase in use in English—worldwide—since 1700. Drawing on the continuous research for The Oxford English Dictionary, each definition's changing meanings are followed throughout history and are illustrated by more than 83,000 quotations from some 7,000 authors. The world's most comprehensive, thorough, and up-to-date unabridged dictionary, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary is an essential resource for every library."
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Editorial Reviews

Atlantic Journal Constitution
English has always expanded and continues to expand," says Jesse Sheidlower, principal North American editor of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. "Words mean what they do because of how they are currently used, not how they were used 500 years ago." The Shorter OED is relative to the longer OED, of course. The abridged version is almost 4,000 pages long, comes in two volumes and costs $150. The unabridged version, which dates back to 1857, takes up 20 volumes. (The Shorter has about one-third the content of the larger.)
Sunday Boston Herald
The selection of words and definitions is nothing short of impressive, ranging from obscure and trendy and including Americanisms...."User-friendly" is another newer word found here. Its definition, "designed with the needs of users in mind," describes this dictionary.
Publishers Weekly
Bollywood, gangsta, big hair and D'oh ( la Homer Simpson) are among the 3,000 new words in this latest edition of the renowned dictionary. The two-volume set offers over 33% of the complete Oxford English Dictionary, with over a half million definitions, the same emphasis on etymology and the evolving usage of a word through history. Examples of usage, presented in specially tinted boxes, are taken from great works of literature, period newspapers and political oratory, with sources ranging from Gibbon to S.J. Perelman; there are 83,500 illustrative quotes from 7,000 authors. The new volumes also boast contributions from the United States, India, South Africa and the rest of the English-speaking world. And no need for a magnifying glass-the page design is clean and remarkably easy to read, with the featured words in large, bold print. With the major ad/promo Oxford plans for this title, expect vigorous sales, and for years to come. (Sept. 26)
Library Journal
This revised edition of The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles contains the semantic developments of over half a million words, including 3500 new words that have entered the English language since the last edition was published in 1993. Yet it manages to be a mere 183 pages longer without sacrificing readability, which can be credited to the new typeface and page layout. Rather than a running paragraph style, this updated edition uses an indentation format that outlines entries for each headword. The increased white space facilitates easy browsing, as do new gray-tinted paragraphs containing illustrative quotations. Another user-friendly aid is the new arrangement of abbreviations: they are now in alphabetical order rather than submerged in initial-letter entries. The publisher clearly wants to get jiggy with it (look it up): much ado has been made about the addition of pop culture ("phat" and "badass") and computer terms ("ISP" and "HTML") in this formerly staid dictionary. For a new word to be included, there must be five examples in five different printed sources over five years: hence, "weblog" is defined but not "blog." Using this volume in conjunction with NTC's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions, reference librarians will be able to tell whether they are being praised or insulted by the MTV generation. Recommended for all libraries.-Kara L. Giles, Dominican Univ. Lib., River Forest, IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198605751
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 3792
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 7.87 (d)

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    not bad

    it is the best dictionary on earth

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