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Oxford American College Dictionary Indexed Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0399144158
ISBN-10: 0399144153
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Listen up, students. This new reference, based on the New Oxford American Dictionary, released in October 2001, offers more than 175,000 entries plus neat features like country guides, boxed quotes, and a new way of organizing definitions.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1696 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; Indexed edition (July 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399144153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399144158
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Pratt on December 5, 2002
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This 2002 book is an abridgement of the excellent New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD, published 2001), with a price in line with other college dictionaries. Unfortunately, there seem to be a few problem areas.
The first thing that will strike many college students and graduates is the almost complete absence of etymologies. A few of the more interesting ones are highlighted with the heading WORD HISTORY; for example, this is one of very few sources that make clear why the Dutch for "the cage" appears in English as DECOY. A few other etymologies appear with the heading ORIGIN. For the most part, you won't find any. It would seem that such information would add a lot to many entries, such as UBUNTU, TRIFFID, GROK, TOHUBOHU, and thousands more. One consequence is that the usage note for ESKIMO refers to a deleted etymology. Granted, the etymologies in most competitors have a lot of fluff; they'll show two of numerous older spellings of "dog" before implying that the trail grows cold in Old English; a simple "<OE" or "OE<?"should be enough. The datings that appear in a few competitors and some other Oxford dictionaries would be a fine addition.
In a brief survey of one-word lowercase entries from LI to LIEDER in this and three comparable (college) dictionaries, it appears that coverage in this dictionary is nearly as good. It is, however, the only one to omit LIAISE, LIBELANT, LIBELEE, LICENSURE, and an adjectival form for LIBATION (but the competitors disagree, two showing LIBATIONARY, one LIBATIONAL). This dictionary relegates LIBERALISM to a run-on, a word for which the competition had relatively long entries; the difference is partly offset by a longer entry for LIBERAL.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Furthur Q on April 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What I want in a (portable) dictionary is one that will have the words I look up. Since I have a pretty good vocabulary already, I tend to look up only words that are not in common usage. So, I want something to stick in a backpack, or have sitting on the end table next to me while I'm reading. Since I can't carry all 19 volumes of the OED around with me, and because I don't always have a computer handy, this is the dictionary I've selected. I don't often need etymology information, but I do want to know the meaning of words like orrery, exurb, or prandial before I read on. This is a good, all-around portable dictionary for all but a few who won't be satisfied with anything that doesn't take up six feet of shelf space.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick on October 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had been thinking about getting a new dictionary for my writing desk. I had a Websters and an American Heritage, which I thought pretty useful (despite their both being rather old editions), but I remembered using Oxford's huge multi-mammoth volume dictionary in high school (back when mammoths still roamed) and I liked the format and information presented by Oxford.

I settled on this dictionary (which I actually got on sale, which always makes buying something a little better) because I found that this edition consistently contained definitions for words I was running across while reading books written or translated in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It seemed like the best affordable one volume dictionary for readers of history, literature and biography written during the above mentioned time period.

Surely, I've developed a strong bias for Oxford's output. See my review of the 1971 Compact Dictionary too. That said, I still can confidently recommend this dictionary as the single one to keep on the desk at work or home as well as at university. If the word is not in this dictionary, one probably needs to resort to a much larger, more comprehensive (and expensive) dictionary than the sort normally kept for use on the typical writing desk.
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