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Random House Webster's Pocket Bad Speller's Dictionary: Second Edition (Pocket Reference Guides) Paperback – Large Print, December 29, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0375702129 ISBN-10: 0375702121 Edition: 2 Poc

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Reference Guides
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Reference; 2 Poc edition (December 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375702121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375702129
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Bad Speller's Dictionary - in a handy vinyl size!

It has been thirty years since we wrote the first book that answered the Catch-22 of spelling: How do I find a word in the dictionary if I don't know how to spell it? Our answer was simple: Look it up by its wrong spelling. So we compiled the first dictionary for bad spellers - which so many of us are (some of us even flaunt it as a badge of pride). The nearly two million copies of the Bad Speller's Dictionary that have been sold confirm the persistence of the spelling problem. In fact, our vast new collection of actual examples of misspellings from many sources - television, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, correspondence, essays, memos - suggest that the phenomenon has become much worse. That deterioration has been accelerated by our educational system, too much television, excessive reliance on electronic spell checkers, and the emergence of so many new words.

That's why we have prepared this new, revised, and enlarged edition for the 1990's. We have added thousands of current words from business, computers, entertainment, medicine, psychology, religion, science, and law.

From the Inside Flap

Q: How do I find a word in the dictionary if I don't know how to spell it?
A:Look it up by its wrong spelling.

Random House Webster's has compiled the first dictionary for bad spellers -- now in a handy pocketsize version.

The vast new collection of actual examples includes misspellings from many sources:
television
newspapers
magazines
advertisements
correspondence
essays
memos

This new, revised and enlarged edition for the 1990's has added thousands of current words from business, computers, entertainment, medicine, psychology, religion, science, and law.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This "pint sized" book is a wonderful aide in helping those of us who are poor spellers. It is difficult to look up the correct spelling of a word, when you don't know how to spell it correctly, or even close to correctly, to begin with. This book is the answer to that problem.
I only wish it contained more words.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth P. Cash on July 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I believe that this book, the only one of its kind of which I am aware, answers that age-old question, "How can I find the correct spelling of a word by looking it up in a dictionary if I cannot spell the word to begin with?" This book lists words by their common, phonetic spellings (spelled the ways they sound). I have been tutoring/teaching English at a college for nearly thirty years, and whenever I introduce this book to a student, he or she is very enthusiastic about it! This book can be very helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pumer on February 7, 2010
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Great book for needy spellers! Love the compact size....can be carried in purse or pocket, if needed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By t49y on September 17, 2012
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At three and one eight by five and five eights inches with red plastic cover this little Dictionary is awesome ! Best guess spelling starts the look up process until the right spelling is found ! Lots of leads and options homing in ! Hope makes it Fun ! Look And Sound A Likes follow, with the Quick List at the tail end ! Alphabetic order ! This little pocket wonder with clear small print is Neat ! Thank You !!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "T=H=E --- 'Older Than Dirt' --- Time Traveller" TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 30, 2013
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GREAT pocket-sized book. The best spellers are always those of us with a handy dictionary.
These are even better. Never get words that SOUND the same mixed up again!

There! They're few books better than theirs!
Who'd've guessed? DON'T guess, look it up. Voila!

"Big Mac"
GERMANY
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gmamelany on January 21, 2013
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I can see that there is a lot of information contained in a small book. The problem is the print is so small I can't read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bodner on February 27, 2012
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I bought this book for myself. I am a college intern and needed something handy for my process recordings. They are done by good old pencil and paper. Ive gotten so used to spell check on computers that my spelling has declined. This little book is discrete and comes in very handy.
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By Snaps on April 27, 2014
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I thought I would be getting something better that the Instant Spelling Dictionary that I had for years. This book is rather old and is falling apart. To use the new one I have to use a magnifying glass. They have included too much other material which I don't need.
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