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New American Webster Handy College Dictionary, 4th Edition (NewlyRevised) 4th Edition
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I guess this could help you spell.
The word "college" in the title is a saddening sign of the times. It might pass in a vo-tech school or a community college, but this one isn't for the Ivy League. In fact, I wouldn't recommend it as a primary resource for even a fairly advanced middle school pupil. Simply put, it's a short dictionary with limited paper to put definitions on. The cover describes the definitions as "clear", but "concise" would be more forthcoming.
Here's a simple example of what's wrong with this dictionary:
sup-pos"-i-ti'tious [pronunciation] adj. 1, pretended; spurious. 2, supposed. Also, sup"po-si'tious [pronunciation]
My problem here is that this dictionary missed the essential difference between the words suppositious and supposititious. The former essentially means "supposed", while the latter implies intent of fraud -- which in light of the publisher's claims for this dictionary seems strangely appropriate.
Easy to find words. Abbreviations and gazeteer appendices very useful.
This is a pretty good college dictionary, but there have been a number of words that I could not find. For thoses words, I ended up getting my laptop out and going on line. I docked one star.
They mailed me a July, 2006, edition with which I was not very happy about - that's eight years old! Certainly not worth the money I paid. I docked one more star. I do not recommend that you purchase any dictionary that Amazon does not provide the publication date.
It uses a poor grade of dirty recycled of paper. It is not easy to read without bright light. I docked one star. It might be that it's because it's already eight years old, but then it shouldn't be sold that old.
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Did not meet my expectations. A lot of words aren't in dictionaryPublished 9 months ago by Elijah Barnwell