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Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – April 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199543687 ISBN-10: 0199543682 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199543682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199543687
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review from previous edition: "frightfully good value. Clarifies those little words and letters that so often puzzle" --Express

"a delight to peruse" --Toby Lichtig, Times Literary Supplement

About the Author


Andrew Delahunty is a freelance lexicographer who has authored and contributed to a wide range of dictionary and reference works.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Langstaff on October 8, 2012
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While not as comprehensive as I would have hoped, this dictionary of the more commonly used foreign words and phrases in English writing and conversation today is helpful on many counts. With the Oxford Press imprimatur, one can be certain the scholarship is sound and authoritative and the book is well organized, of a handy size and easy to use. Unlike many paperback references, it is printed on good paper, the type is crisp and clear and of a good size (no squinting required!). Physically the book is reader friendly and "built" to hold up under frequent/frantic flipping and searching(i.e., under the pressure of "deadline rush"). Overall, a worthy purchase and a nice addition to any hardworking wordsmith's reference shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Laughlin on October 14, 2014
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This is a helpful book & probably the best of the lot. My 3 star rating is because I felt there were far, far too many references to dance, opera, & classical music. I would assume that aficionados in these would already know these terms. And some definitions were incomplete. For example, panga, in Mexico, is a small open boat with an outboard motor and paseo also means a pass or a road. But my biggest gripe is the pronunciation guide, which is a series of symbols that may be meaningful for a linguist, but just requires a constant, pain-in-the-butt referral to the front of the book to find out what they mean. Can't the "sh" sound just be "sh" instead of some funny icon. Other dictionaries have few of these strange icons.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cyril pessoa on September 21, 2012
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the book was purchased to be a reference source; and,
it was found to be well suited for that purpose
IAs a result, it is to be recommended for all practical users.
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By Brady Wilson on July 22, 2014
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These phrase translators are great!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryce V. Babcock on January 3, 2013
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I speak and write only English, but sometimes find foreign words and phrases useful in writing, as a way to emphasize a point. To do this one has to be mindful of making sure what the foreign phrase really means. The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases is a very useful reference.
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