- Publisher: Merriam-Webster; CD-Rom edition (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877794669
- ISBN-13: 978-0877794660
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,824,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus, Deluxe Audio Edition CD-Rom Edition
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Not everyone needs a dictionary that's heavier than a Thanksgiving turkey and a vocabulary of 450,000 words. The Collegiate Dictionary, a mere 3.5 pounds, is an excellent compromise, with clear definitions and brief etymologies. Few students and professionals will want for words not covered within its 1500-plus pages. Biographical and geographical names are relegated to the index, which also includes a "Handbook of Style." A fine up-to-date starter dictionary (copyright 1996), it's small enough for a student's desk, and comprehensive enough to maintain Merriam-Webster's standards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
The Merriam brothers desired a continuity of editorship that would link Noah Webster's efforts with their own editions, so they selected Chauncey A. Goodrich, Webster's son-in-law and literary heir, who had been trained in lexicography by Webster himself, to be their editor in chief. Webster's son William also served as an editor of that first Merriam-Webster dictionary, which was published on September 24, 1847.
Although Webster's work was honored, his big dictionaries had never sold well. The 1828 edition was priced at a whopping $20; in 13 years its 2,500 copies had not sold out. Similarly, the 1841 edition, only slightly more affordable at $15, moved slowly. Assuming that a lower price would increase sales, the Merriams introduced the 1847 edition at $6, and although Webster's heirs initially questioned this move, extraordinary sales that brought them $250,000 in royalties over the ensuing 25 years convinced them that the Merriams' decision had been abundantly sound.
The first Merriam-Webster dictionary was greeted with wide acclaim. President James K. Polk, General Zachary Taylor (hero of the Mexican War and later president himself), 31 U.S. senators, and other prominent people hailed it unreservedly. In 1850 its acceptance as a resource for students began when Massachusetts ordered a copy for every school and New York placed a similar order for 10,000 copies to be used in schools throughout the state. Eventually school use would spread throughout the country. In becoming America's most trusted authority on the English language, Merriam-Webster dictionaries had taken on a role of public responsibility demanded of few other publishing companies.
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This is a huge volume (about 3" thick), beautifully presented in library style binding and wafer thin, high quality paper. It includes illustrations, anecdotes, stories on word origins and usage; and even synonyms of particularly interesting words. These references are spread throughout the pages in different blocks of color for easy recognition. The illustrations are very realistic, using colors that approach the ones given by Mother Nature. Before starting to use it, I reccommend paying close attention to the "Explanatory Notes". Here is everything needed to know in order to milk this dictionary to its fullest. Every reason is given as to why items appear listed in the way they do, what were the basis used for etymology of the words, etc. The "Guide to Pronounciation" is both interesting and exciting, enabling us to produce a myriad of sounds we probably never knew existed. I am the kind of reader who looks up every unknown word in her dictionary and, so far, there is not a single one I haven't found; not even if belonging to a dialect or if it is a word with foreign roots.
Two appendixes complete this magnanimous volume: a biographical one and a geographical guide. Although brief, these two listings will quickly clear up any doubts on identity or place. There are also listings for symbols, such as weather, chemistry, mathematics, even stamp collecting. A supplementary "Handbook of Style" to refer to when writing a paper or in need of punctuation advise completes the dictionary and makes also an invaluable tool for writers of any kind.
This is THE dictionary that should be in every household as a more general, complete reference. Even if there are other, smaller or more specific references around; you would want this volume as your backbone.
Also, I prefer, having the CD-Rom because should something go wrong with my PC I can always re-install it without a hassle.
I love the double click on any word that bring you directly to the entry of that word, so much convenient.
The Audio is definitely why I wanted to buy this Edition for. I thought to buy the Unabridged CD Edition but it doesn't have the audio pronounciation :(, why they just create a version with a 2 or more disc set that can contain all the audio files or just create a DVD version? This is certainly a disapointment to me but not for this Edition though.
Another nice part I like is the illustrations to the words. Nicer, in some of the pictures, there are also descriptions, such as for horse, it also points out every part of the horse itself....
The macros installed into the MS Word are also a very good feature. Whenever you see red giglies to the word you just typed in, you can use this micro by either of the two ways, you will figure them out very easily, and it will look it up for you.
Installation is very easy too to both XP and 2000 systems.
It's definitely a good deal. I highly recommend it.