Library Journal - Library JournalThrough the addition of new scientific and technical terms, slang, initialisms (EPA, TESOL), foreign borrowings, and new combinations (miniskirt, kiss of life), the English language is growing fast. Older words are also acquiring new meanings. Dictionary makers have therefore taken to publishing supplements to their unabridged dictionaries: Merriam-Webster's latest is 12,000 Words (1986). The Barnhart supplement also defines some 12,000 new words, acronyms, abbreviations, and phrases adopted in the last 30 years and updates some of the entries in the first two editions of the Barnhart dictionaries. Each entry contains at least one illustrative quotation and a date when the term came into use. Pronunciation and etymology are provided where needed. The only usage label is ``slang.'' Recommended.-- Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook
Booknews**** Cited in Sheehy and BCL3. This essential supplement to the general English-language dictionary covers new terms created over the past ten years, and also reprises many entries from the First and Second Barnhart dictionaries of new English, both now out of print. Each of the 12,000 entries contains at least one substantial quotation. Pronunciations, etymology, and usage notes are provided as necessary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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