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Reviews for the previous edition: "The gold standard of American dictionaries."--The Providence Journal
"With its unique approach to language, this is easy to use and provides clear, well-written definitions. "--Library Journal.
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Christine A. Lindberg is Staff Project Editor in the U.S. Dictionaries Program of Oxford University Press, in Connecticut.
Top Customer Reviews
By the way, I am referring to the newest, third edition.
Some people here suggest the dictionary might include the word "refudiate". This is wrong!
This wrong word is nowhere to be found inside the book.
The book correctly lists "repudiate"!
What is true is that the Oxford dictionary-makers commented on this word being used by Sarah Palin and they named it "word of the year".
They don't condone the word "refudiate" and they never said they would ever include it in any of their dictionaries.
They just mean that this wrong word is both newsworthy and noteworthy.
So how can people come here and give the book a one-star rating when a) the book lists the right word and b) lexicographers just do their job and point out words to us that we must watch out for?
To me this shows that people who write such nonsense here are badly in need of a dictionary. I would suggest buying this book here then.
It is comprehensive, up-to-date and has great usage notes, which take the reader by the hand and explain word traps (common English errors) thoroughly.
The etymologies are well-written and you can literally feel the Oxford expertise in dictionary-making.
A real five-star piece of modern lexicography.
Any other rating below five stars is ridiculous.
One caveat, the Third Edition is large and heavy. This dictionary requires a table or stand dedicated to its use. It could be a chore to pick this book up and carry it to a chair for usage. But, I cannot praise this dictionary enough. This Third Edition is for the serious scholar, book lover, historian or for people who want a brief biography about a famous person. Finally, book stores charge $60 for this edition but Amazon charged me $37. Buy from Amazon and enjoy.
Here are a few things I've discovered during initial browsings:
This 2010 Third Edition New Oxford reveals its British roots with the inclusion of "gastropub," the exclusion of "second base," and its failure to capitalize the "R" on "Realtor"--a trademarked industry-invented name, like Kleenex, that requires a cap "R" whether we like it or not.
While both my '96 Webster and '10 New Oxford have entries for "pimp mobile," only New Oxford has one for "OMG," "dumb blonde," "snotty-nosed" and "Risorgimento," a word you'll need to know before watching the great Visconti-Burt Lancaster classic "The Leopard." (And watch it you should, in Italian with subtitles...but I digress.) "Philamerican," which I have just come across for the first time in Antonia Fraser's new book "Must You Go?" isn't in either dictionary.
I'm sure continued browsing will reveal all sorts of words previously unknown to me that I'll not be able to live without--for example, this classy sounding five-syllable word for the willful shirking of duties: "esquivalience.Read more ›
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This is one of the better dictionaries I've found for the price. I would highly recommend anyone in college that needs a good desktop dictionary to buy this.Published 25 days ago by c fox
Having just spent a small fortune updating my favorite quick-reference for American English grammar, punctuation and usage, I was delighted and surprised to open the box and find... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark Hubbard
i lub this dictionary. this dictionary is the best dictionRy in all the world. i have the app on my phone, very usful. very very good app. very very good book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael f. dreyfus
This is not the O.E.D. (Oxford English Dictionary). Though it looks to be an acceptable dictionary, i was under the impression that it was the print edition of the O.E.D. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Annie Titus
As a teacher and a writer, I love words, and I love helping people learn what they mean so that they can have a much better understanding of what they're studying. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Taylor