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Merriam-Webster's Everyday Language Reference Set New Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 198 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0877798753
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Since 1937. Merriam-Webster is America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works. The company publishes a diverse array of print and electronic products, including Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition America's best-selling desk dictionary and Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster can be considered the direct lexicographical heir of Noah Webster. In 1843, the company bought the rights to the 1841 edition of Webster's magnum opus, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Corrected and Enlarged. At the same time, they secured the rights to create revised editions of the work. Since that time, Merriam-Webster editors have carried forward Noah Webster's work, creating some of the most widely used and respected dictionaries and reference books in the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2328 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster Mass Market; New edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877798753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877798750
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every home needs to be equiped with certain items. A dictionary and thesaurus are two of those items. When looking to purchase these items I went with a name I trusted, Merriam Webster. I decided to purchase the complete set because I found it interesting that it included a vocabulary builder. My family and I choice a word a day from the informative books and use it as much as possible. We enjoy picking a word from the vocab builder, then looking it up in the dictionary. We use the thesaurus to find similar words, and words that mean the complete opposite. The choices are endless. I have yet heard a word that can not be found in one of the three books. Unlike most thesaurus' this version has almost every word. It was surprising, because often with thesaurus' the choices are limited. This is one problem that I have yet to run into. I plan to purchase a few copies for family members and friends that are graduating in this year. My fiance even mentioned that we need our own set when we get married.
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I had a set similar to this years ago, which became dog-eared & yellowed with constant use. I replaced them with this 3-book set & the Vocabulary Builder is the best part of this set. My husband & I both love learning new words, so we'll often sit & quiz each other from this new set of books. I also use them as quick references in my writing and business ventures. The dictionary is great as an alternative to the official scrabble dictionary (when we get tired of the seemingly made up words that can't be found in any other dictionary). Maybe I'm just strange--I did read dictionaries & thesauruses for fun as a child & teen.
This set is an excellent value for the money & will be referred to & used again & again. No home or office should be without this reference set.
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This is the simplest Review I've written for an amazon order. The Reference set is junk: poor quality paper, font barely larger than an average garden variety ant, printed so lightly I suspect you'll squint in the brightest light. Save your time and money. I'm lookin' at the Oxford combo-book which sells for less, printed on bright white paper in a large font using adequate ink enabling the text to stand out from the page.

As usual, delivery by amazon was terrific, now we'll see how they handle the return of the 'set' which I believe is the 1st time I've ever returned to them. I'm a committed amazon client/supporter and this has nothing to do with amazon and everything to do with Merriam-Webster.
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Truly, for an old set of eyes, this Merriam-Webster set does not have acceptable print. I kept them but they are not for old eyes.
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I assumed they would be larger due to the amount of content in them. They are so small the print is difficult to read for the best of eyes. Not what I expected, each book is smaller than a cd case to give you an idea of size. About 2/3 the size to be exact. If you don't mind reading text that was meant for ants I am sure they are wonderful. however, I will never know because I will not use them as I get a headache every time I try to look something up.
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I ordered this box set because I'm a language enthusiast (apart from being a teacher and a student) and it was totally worth it!
Love the packaging and the colour combination as well!
It is perfect as a present or to have at home when needed!
AWESOME!
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I bought this set of books to help me write my own books. They are a great tool that I use almost everyday. These books are a great help in using different words to describe nouns, and to spice up a sentence. The vocabulary builder is great. It has groups of words that are similar in meaning or root words. It has learning quizes after every section. It is very helpful. I am very proud of my increased vocabulary thanks to this. It is a worthy purchase, I am glad that I bought this collection of books. They are easy to use, and are small enough to fit on a bookshelf with ease. The print is small so crack out your glasses if you need them. Other than that I have no issues with these books.
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Bought these for my daughter since she was having problems in school knowing which definitions were accurate online or not. She uses them now daily for her homework. I am a believer in books that one can hold especially reference books! I only buy paperback or hardback books for reference such as natural healing books, herbal books, writing and vocabulary etc. This way if for some reason the digital world goes black for any reason, I have my priceless books.
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