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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus, Electronic Edition 10th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0877794691
ISBN-10: 0877794693
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Not everyone needs a dictionary that's heavier than a Thanksgiving turkey and a vocabulary of 450,000 words. The Collegiate Dictionary, a mere 3.5 pounds, is an excellent compromise, with clear definitions and brief etymologies. Few students and professionals will want for words not covered within its 1500-plus pages. Biographical and geographical names are relegated to the index, which also includes a "Handbook of Style." A fine up-to-date starter dictionary (copyright 1996), it's small enough for a student's desk, and comprehensive enough to maintain Merriam-Webster's standards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The Merriam brothers desired a continuity of editorship that would link Noah Webster's efforts with their own editions, so they selected Chauncey A. Goodrich, Webster's son-in-law and literary heir, who had been trained in lexicography by Webster himself, to be their editor in chief. Webster's son William also served as an editor of that first Merriam-Webster dictionary, which was published on September 24, 1847.

Although Webster's work was honored, his big dictionaries had never sold well. The 1828 edition was priced at a whopping $20; in 13 years its 2,500 copies had not sold out. Similarly, the 1841 edition, only slightly more affordable at $15, moved slowly. Assuming that a lower price would increase sales, the Merriams introduced the 1847 edition at $6, and although Webster's heirs initially questioned this move, extraordinary sales that brought them $250,000 in royalties over the ensuing 25 years convinced them that the Merriams' decision had been abundantly sound.

The first Merriam-Webster dictionary was greeted with wide acclaim. President James K. Polk, General Zachary Taylor (hero of the Mexican War and later president himself), 31 U.S. senators, and other prominent people hailed it unreservedly. In 1850 its acceptance as a resource for students began when Massachusetts ordered a copy for every school and New York placed a similar order for 10,000 copies to be used in schools throughout the state. Eventually school use would spread throughout the country. In becoming America's most trusted authority on the English language, Merriam-Webster dictionaries had taken on a role of public responsibility demanded of few other publishing companies. 

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Product Details

  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster; 10th edition (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877794693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877794691
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karina A Suarez VINE VOICE on August 5, 1999
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I bought this dictionary while I was taking a vocabulary building course, following the suggestions of my teacher, the acclaimed linguist Charles Herrington Elster. Besides thoroughness, he insisted in the importance of etymology as inclusive of a good dictionary, a feature that is here detailed with precision, and something that is often left out of impressive volumes like the "Oxford Illustrated", published by DK Publishing.
This is a huge volume (about 3" thick), beautifully presented in library style binding and wafer thin, high quality paper. It includes illustrations, anecdotes, stories on word origins and usage; and even synonyms of particularly interesting words. These references are spread throughout the pages in different blocks of color for easy recognition. The illustrations are very realistic, using colors that approach the ones given by Mother Nature. Before starting to use it, I reccommend paying close attention to the "Explanatory Notes". Here is everything needed to know in order to milk this dictionary to its fullest. Every reason is given as to why items appear listed in the way they do, what were the basis used for etymology of the words, etc. The "Guide to Pronounciation" is both interesting and exciting, enabling us to produce a myriad of sounds we probably never knew existed. I am the kind of reader who looks up every unknown word in her dictionary and, so far, there is not a single one I haven't found; not even if belonging to a dialect or if it is a word with foreign roots.
Two appendixes complete this magnanimous volume: a biographical one and a geographical guide. Although brief, these two listings will quickly clear up any doubts on identity or place.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Melendez on May 12, 2002
Format: CD-ROM
I admit to being a dictionary freak, but never in my fondest fantasies did I think an English dictionary would appear containing precise, concise, euphonic, professional pronunciations of the vernacular as it is spoken (or supposed to be spoken) in this country. And then it showed up! Ah, such joy. English is my second language, but just barely (I learned it when I was about 4 from my Nanny, Miss Smith). Half my family spoke vedy vedy Oxford English, and the other half no English at all, so I was brought up in an absurd greenhouse full of strange verbal emissions; from there I was released into this country to learn my first swearwords and how to pronounce things entirely differently. The result is that I have many pronunciation lacunas: either because I had never heard a word before and so I had to boldly figure it out on my own, or because I just didn't have the phonemes to correctly enunciate words like "nurse" or "bird." As a result I have often engaged in awful arguments about how certain words should be said: my version of "scone," for example, did not rhyme with stone, and was therefore universally derided by some of my American friends as peculiar and wrong. Attempts to settle on the correct pronunciation of words by means the horrific and arcane symbols used in dictionaries was futile.
As soon as I installed this program I entered the word "scone;" and on the right side of the screen the word appeared in blue (meaning that the program would pronounce it); and when I clicked on it, the wonderful sound of a properly pronounced "scone" issued from the speakers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If our conservative friend ("permissive", Jan. 11, 1997) had bothered to read the entire citation, he or she would have found a thorough discussion on the controversy of "forte" and its pronunciation. It even refutes the assertion by some "haughty idiots" that it should be pronounced as "fort", citing that the French pronunciation would be "for". It is this sort of timely, exhaustive coverage that makes this dictionary so valuable. Merriam Webster's is an incredible resource, but only to those "dolts" who know how to use a dictionary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I come from a family where dictionaries are
used daily, whether solving crosswords,
finding definitions, or settling debates. Of
the several we own, the dictionary we all
reach for first is Merriam-Webster's Collegiate.

The definitions are concise yet thorough and clear. I always feel enlightened rather than informed. Also, the coverage is surprisingly broad. I've often found words in the Merriam-Webster's that are missing in other dictionaries.

Beyond that, Merriam-Webster's breathes life into those words with an engaging history of the English language and a date each word is first noted in print. The dates give you a real feel for the history and currency of a word.

If you don't have the bank account or shelf space for the OED, Merriam-Webster's is the best dictionary you can own.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vahik on July 24, 2005
Format: CD-ROM
The thesaurus part of this program is unfortunately not comprehensive enough. For example, it did not have any sysnonyms for the following words I typed in right after I installed it: vicarious, obscurantist, thunderous, proverbial, encase. The number of synonyms it offers for many words is pitifully small--just a few in many cases. The thesaurus provided with WORD is already more comprehensive, so there is really no reason to purchase this program if you are mainly interested in the thesaurus. To be fair, though, the program is very easy to install and use.
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