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The Oxford English Dictionary Additions [Hardcover]

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June 11, 1998 0195214560 978-0195214567
This is a series of three volumes supplementing the acclaimed Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Each volume contains 3,000 new words and meanings presented in the style of the OED. These represent a variety of work-in-progress, covering words and meanings that have recently entered the language, as well as the results of further research on items already included in the Dictionary. With over 12,000 illustrative quotations showing the evolution of each word or meaning, these volumes are not only a testimony to the continual development of our living language, but also make compelling browsing.

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"These volumes reflect not only the richness and diversity of the English language, but also its continually evolving nature." --Reference Books Bulletin

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195214560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195214567
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 6.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Megarat
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Okay, this is a long review (with what I hope is lots of relevant background), so get that fresh cup of coffee and strap yourself in.

Here's the deal: Oxford University Press released the print edition of the OED2 (Oxford English Dictionary, second edition) in 1989. This dictionary -- printed in full at twenty volumes -- has received much acclaim and has generally been regarded as the unimpeachable authority on the English language.

Oxford have been at work on the third edition (OED3) ever since, although it is proving to be an enormous undertaking. Depending on which source you believe, the third edition of the OED is estimated to be completed sometime after 2035, and will constitute over 50 volumes in length. Which is to say that, considering the rate of technological advancement (and the escalating prices of fuel and other resources), there probably won't be a print edition of the OED3. But who knows, maybe Oxford will release a Nano-Compact Edition where the pages are typeset dot-matrix style with individual xenon atoms and can only be read with the included scanning electron microscope.

In the interregnum between 1989 and the release of the OED3, Oxford have been (and will continue to be) busy releasing electronic and other/abridged versions of the OED (e.g., "The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary"), but they didn't want to abandon the OED2 altogether. Dictionary publishers don't want their flagship products to get outdated, so it's common for them to make addenda after the release of a major edition, to include new/updated entries and remedy errors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get them before they are gone forever! March 8, 2014
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For the serious writer to just a person who loves to read, these are a beautiful addition to your library!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars OED 3 Vol. Additions January 8, 2011
By Ardvark
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It was a gift to my wife to complete the 20 Vol. set I bought her. She seems quite pleased with all of the bboks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars learning par-excellence September 12, 2009
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With the rampant, seemingly inexorable pace of globalization, it is critical for and, even contingent upon, the individual to gain insight into what links each of us to one another. What informs our world and possesses the real potential to destroy its very fabric is the written word. Ergo, the OED, given its exhaustive etymologies and insight to History's transcribed verbiage, facilitates one's work to strive for what Diogenes of Sinope coined "cosmopolitan," that is 'citizen of the world'.
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