- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Merriam Webster; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877796335
- ISBN-13: 978-0877796336
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary of English Usage 1st Edition
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Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary of English Usage is a dictionary. It is not a usage guide. It is not Fowler, or Partridge, or Bernstein (nor, at 799 pages, is it exactly concise, but that's another matter). Unlike those eminent watchdogs of the English language, the editors of this volume are record-keepers, chronicling the way language is used, not the way it should be used. Based on Merriam Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, this book cites the classic English-language specialists generously but finds its true course by observing actual contemporary usage. Take the word discomfit, for example, the meaning of which (to thwart, foil, or frustrate) is staunchly defended in many usage guides. Sorry, says Merriam-Webster. Their survey says that the use of the word as a synonym to discomfort is so entrenched as to have become "thoroughly established" as the most prevalent meaning. Though the editors of this book are more reporters than campaigners, their prose is eminently readable, charming, and even, like that of the best usage enforcers, quirky. For instance, the word data, they claim, is a "queer fish," while errata "leads a double life," and yclept is "peculiar-looking." --Jane Steinberg
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I needed one specific section of it; which I ultimately found after going through page by page by painful page. The table of contents was about 6 lines long. Nothing linked. Your only alternative is a keyword search - but that only works if the keyword is rare.
There is no way in heck I'd use this as a dictionary for casual use. Honestly, they should take this out of the catalog entirely, until they make a proper reference out of this for the ebook format.
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