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E-mail alone has dramatically increased our reliance on written communication, demanding renewed attention to the basics of word usage and writing style.
This dictionary and style guide is an essential resource for communication in the 21st century. It provides everything you expect from the premier dictionary of American English, in concise form - exact definitions of 61,000 words (3,000 of them new for this edition), examples of word usage, rules for correct spelling and word division, help with pronunciation, and background information on word origins to help you identify and understand related words.
It also provides expert guidance on the essentials of grammar, punctuation, and writing style, to ensure that your written commnication shows you at your best. Rules are presented clearly and simply. Information is organized for quick and easy reference. Practical examples reinforce explanations. Special attention is given to common problem areas.
In addition, you will find other, frequently needed information. Numerous tables and charts give quick access to encyclopedic data, such as conversions for weights and measures, U.S. states, and other geographical information.
Here is the information and guidance you need to be an expert communicator, presented in the clear, readable form that is most useful.
From the Back Cover
Use words with precision.
Clear, concise definitions help you say exactly what you mean. With 61,000 entries, 3,000 of them new, this dictionary covers the practical language you need every day. Based on the prestigious Webster's New World College Dictionary, this compact desk edition is up-to-date, authoritative, and easy to use.
Write clearly and persuasively.
Succinct explanations of grammar and punctuation help you avoid common errors. Expert advice on word usage adds polish to your writing. The clear, readable style guide, now completely rewritten, includes numerous examples of the "do's and don'ts" of effective writing.
Get the information you need.
Helpful tables give quick access to frequently needed facts, from capitals of the states to measurement conversions. Tables are grouped together so that information is easy to find.
The dictionary you know and trust plus a complete, concise style guide and more
* Widely used scientific, technical, professional, and business terms
* Frequently used foreign words and phrases
* Common abbreviations
* Guide to pronunciation
* Concise word origins
* Basic rules of grammar, punctuation, and capitalization
* Proper expression of numbers
* Spelling and hyphenation of compound words
* Guide to proper use of frequently misused words and phrases
* Handy reference tables