- Mass Market Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Merriam-Webster Mass Market; New Edition, completely revised edition (May 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877798559
- ISBN-13: 978-0877798552
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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(tm) 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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Top Customer Reviews
What I like about this book is that most of the words are words that are understood by most folks, but rarely enter into conversation. It is also handy for writing instead of always going with the Thesaurus. Practicing the words out loud is nice also. If you even look at the excerpt provided, you see the layout of the book and a good example of the kinds of words that you will learn.
So why should you get this book? If you are studying for a standardized exam (such as SAT or GRE) then it's a handy reference. But if you are like me, you probably want to expand your vocabulary, though not in a way that makes you sound pretentious or overly verbose. Instead they are words that one might want to be familiar with in everyday speech but words that are not the most common. It is also especially nice if you are familiar with these words but want to get a firm grasp on their proper use.
I highly recommend this version due to the amazing format and sheer volume of actual usable words. Take that Dictionary.com word of the day e-mail! (of which 90% of the time are words I will never use) The other nice aid would be a set of GRE or SAT vocabulary flash cards. Though those focus on the most common GRE or SAT words and not necessarily on words one might really want to insert into everyday conversation.
The only thing that disappointed me about the book was that the pages are extremely thin and flimsy. I would equate it to a low-quality newspaper. Figured I could use this as a reference for years to come, but seems unlikely. But this might be on par for the course with most mass market paper books, so wouldn't subtract a star for it.
It introduces new words, breaks them down by their constituent parts, identifies related words, and then provides the definitions and how the definitions evolved. Very enjoyable. I'm glad I bought it.