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With 7,500 new words and senses, along with 2,500 new illustrations, the Fourth Edition is the most up-to-date college dictionary available. Along with all of the in-depth features and expert usage guidance that readers have come to expect from American Heritage®, the Fourth Edition includes an updated Appendix of Indo-European roots and a helpful new style guide for writers.
Posted August 9, 2004
Even among lexicophiliacs few have read a college edition dictionary cover to cover, diligently recording most entries on computer. In so doing (I had my reasons!) I found a modicum of mistakes in the third edition of the American Heritage Dictionary. Upon locating an error I checked it against the newer, online fourth edition and usually discovered that the error had been corrected. I was not always happy about this. For example, certain delights had been expurgated which had given the AH, if not dignity, at least amusement and style. That 'gremlin' could be described as a 'bad-tempered little guy,' had the same ring of individuality as was in the 'footle' etymology, which read [Prob. var. of footer, to screw around < obsolete fouter, a f**k...]. The fourth edition, however, was overall much improved. I would have read neither edition had I not been enamoured, which passion was mainly ignited by the AH's Proto-Indo-European glossary. It ties the evolution of language in a nice, secure knot. Congratulations to American Heritage!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.