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Merriam-Webster's Pocket Dictionary Poc Edition

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ISBN-13: 008-1413005301
ISBN-10: 0877795304
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster; Poc edition (May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877795304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877795308
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 3.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Fritz on November 4, 2006
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I bought this dictionary for my children in 4th grade. It is perfect for them, truly pocket-sized when every other book they are lugging around weighs a ton.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By theskeptic on January 11, 2009
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Yes, as others point out, this has fewer words than a full-sized Collegiate dictionary. Duh! However, this is the only dictionary on Amazon that actually fits in your pocket. That, to me, is the definition of a "pocket dictionary." It has the expected number of words and the right form factor for a "pocket dictionary." (It's about the size of a Blackberry.)

And here's something obvious: If you are an adult writer doing serious writing, you should have a serious dictionary, not a "pocket dictionary." However, if you need a dictionary (for whatever reason) that you can put in your pocket, then this one is just fine. I speculate that it is also perfect for younger writers, whether or not they choose to put it in a pocket.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rockfeat on January 9, 2007
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Great size, easy to read but too few words for a real writer!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on December 12, 2007
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I haven't not found a word in it yet; plus, it has the largest word bank of all the pocket dictionaries (that I found).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tarun VINE VOICE on August 27, 2009
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We bought this dictionary for our son going into 7th grade this coming fall. It was a recommendation from the school...easy enough. The way I see it, if a school approves its use then it must be a viable contender.

The size is perfect, not too heavy and a little shorter in length then a paperback. Fits in an small pocket of the backpack so its always with them when they need it...

5/5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Rocker on December 1, 2012
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I know that this is a pocket dictionary, and as such does not contain as many words as a normal dictionary. However, I find it disappointing when the first 5 words I need to look up for an ethics exam are not listed. You will find out very quickly that 40,000 entries is not enough. For a high school student or anyone that does not deal with higher-level vocabulary, this can work fine. But if you're taking a college course, spring for the regular version of this dictionary. The additional 35,000 entries are worth the extra dollar paid as well as the larger size.

On the plus side, the dictionary is small and compact, yet the writing is still large enough to be read. Fits in your back pocket with ease.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary K. Young on November 5, 2012
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Purchased this dictionary for my son (10 years old) to use at school. It goes from the 'C's to the 'P's. I found the start of the 'H's after the 'S's. The 'D's through 'G's are totally missing. This dictionary is a joke. Don't try to get a refund from Amazon unless you plan on wasting your time to return this dictionary that us useless.
I tried to rate this product with no stars but the system will not let me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kteacher2010 on March 6, 2014
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I bought this for children, as the description said it was for children. However, the writing is tiny! It is not appropriate for elementary age children at all. It is an adult dictionary, made small. Not for kids.
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