Any dictionary will tell you how to pronounce a word, but this one delves deeper: it discusses mispronunciations, preferred pronunciations, historical precedents, trends, and much more. Elster is the pronunciation editor for Black's Law Dictionary and the author of many books, including Verbal Advantage and What in the Word? He is also a newspaper columnist and radio commentator on pronunciation, all of which makes him a true authority on the subject. Originally published in 1999, this work has not only been updated but also expanded by about 200 new entries. There are over 1000 alphabetically arranged entries, some stretching from one to six pages (e.g., "bulimia," "consortium," "kilometer," "Missouri," "Moscow," "schizophrenia"), others not going beyond a few lines (e.g., "business," "knoll," "mercury," "potpourri"). The entries are written as entertaining anecdotes about each word's (mis)pronunciation history. Elster is particularly skilled at settling arguments when it comes to pronunciation discrepancies among major dictionaries. Bottom Line This unique works offers lively reading from an expert. Highly recommended for reference libraries.-Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.