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A Concise Dictionary of Middle English (1888) [Paperback]

A. L. Mayhew , Walter W. Skeat
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18 Feb 2006 1594621195 978-1594621192
The present work is intended to meet, in some measure, the requirements of those who wish to make some study of Middle-English, and who find a difficulty in obtaining such assistance as will enable them to find out the meanings and etymologies of the words most essential to their purpose.

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Book Jungle (18 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594621195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594621192
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 18.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roy A. Sites is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of South Florida. He received the King-O'Neal Medal in 1984, the University's highest award for academic excellence, for his work in the Honor's Program in Psychology. He subsequently earned his Master of Liberal Arts degree through the Department of Humanities and taught at the University of South Florida for 5 years. Mr. Sites has a long standing interest in ancient, classical and medieval literature. His personal library of over 1000 volumes spans the years 3,000 B.C. to the present, with a heavy emphasis on ancient Greek & Roman literature, Medieval European and Arabic works, Early Church writings and contemporary Christian theology. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
At the risk of showing blatent conflict-of-interest, I'm writing this because I noticed that reviews for OTHER publishers' editions (and their ratings) showed up on this listing. I won't belabour this review with self-serving hyperbole. I'll just quote two paragraphs from the introduction:

"Free online digital editions of the dictionary are now available at two major archives, and these too are useful for online searching. Some of these have been edited into legible formats; some are more or less raw ascii texts. A few "publishers" have released printed versions which are little more than dumps of those plain-text files--and I use the scare quotes advisedly here, feeling sorry for those students who have bought those editions thinking that they were, in fact, buying proper dictionaries.

"This edition has been set in Baskerville, a clear and accessible font, which it is hoped, will increase the legibility of the book. Further choices made in typesetting have led to additional changes in format, both for aesthetic reasons and to modernize the text in line with the contemporary reader's expectations."

I trust that potential buyers will take advantage of Amazon's excellent "Look Inside!" feature before making their purchase decisions.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, awful binding 3 Jan 2012
By Markus
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Review of the hardcover edition.
Concerning the contents this dictionary is absolutely brilliant. If you read ME you will want this wordhoard. It contains pretty much all ME words, is clearly set out and printed in an easy to read font. The contents deserve 5 stars - and you'll be glad you got this book.
Concerning the binding this is one massive con! Do not be fooled by the term "hardcover" - the book is glued, not sewn, and stuck into a hardcover by its endleaves. This product is not made to last, which, considering that it's a dictionary which by it's very nature is subject to frequent use, is totally out of order. The binding deserves 0 stars - and you'll regret getting this book.
Overall 2.5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This On Kindle: A Rip Off 11 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a waste of my money.

Bought this on kindle and there is no way of quickly finding the word you need (since a dictionary is after all a reference book), you would have to press your button or touch the screen 600 times to get to the a word at the end of the dictionary for e.g.

A kindle is not the same as a paperback or hard back. You need to produce your books for kindle with links for quick reference, professor!!!

I actually want my money back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top book! 17 April 2013
By Woe
Format:Paperback
If you love the English language then you'll like this. It is packed full of words and each comes with alternative spellings and obviously the meaning. Some, you'll be surprised, that you actually knew!
It is well laid out and well researched. A real treasure to the lover of Middle English!
A really good book. So good I do not feel the need to buy any others.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Evertype edition--a careful, properly typeset book worthy of the name "dictionary" 21 July 2009
By Michael Everson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At the risk of showing blatent conflict-of-interest, I'm writing this because I noticed that reviews for OTHER publishers' editions (and their ratings) showed up on this listing. I won't belabour this review with self-serving hyperbole. I'll just quote two paragraphs from the introduction:

"Free online digital editions of the dictionary are now available at two major archives, and these too are useful for online searching. Some of these have been edited into legible formats; some are more or less raw ascii texts. A few "publishers" have released printed versions which are little more than dumps of those plain-text files--and I use the scare quotes advisedly here, feeling sorry for those students who have bought those editions thinking that they were, in fact, buying proper dictionaries.

"This edition has been set in Baskerville, a clear and accessible font, which it is hoped, will increase the legibility of the book. Further choices made in typesetting have led to additional changes in format, both for aesthetic reasons and to modernize the text in line with the contemporary reader's expectations."

I trust that potential buyers will take advantage of Amazon's excellent "Look Inside!" feature before making their purchase decisions.

Also available in paperback: A Concise Dictionary of Middle English (Middle English Edition)
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much useless 10 Dec 2005
By A. Thomasel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The previous (and only) review wasn't up when I purchased the eBook back in early October, and it says it all. After discovering I couldn't print it but this wasn't a big deal, as I thought it wouldn't be too bad to use on a PocketPC - wrong. The format makes it extremely difficult to navigate (make the text big enough to read and even with reflow on some text is off of the screen) and its size makes it slow, not to mention the PocketPC Reader software isn't that great.

I too will probably think twice before purchasing another eBook.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurishly typeset 27 Feb 2008
By David M. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The BiblioBazaar edition of "A Concise Dictionary of Middle English" appears to be a poorly typeset copy of the electronic text available from Project Gutenberg (Ebook #10625). BiblioBazaar improved on the Plain Label Books edition by replacing underlined words with italic text, but that seems to be the limit of their effort. For example, instead of using boldface, words are surrounded by tildes (~bold~) and yoghs are represented as "3*", just as in the Gutenberg text.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Evertype edition--a careful, properly typeset book worthy of the name "dictionary" 25 Feb 2011
By Michael Everson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
At the risk of showing blatent conflict-of-interest, I'm writing this because I noticed that reviews for OTHER publishers' editions (and their ratings) showed up on this listing. I won't belabour this review with self-serving hyperbole. I'll just quote two paragraphs from the introduction:

"Free online digital editions of the dictionary are now available at two major archives, and these too are useful for online searching. Some of these have been edited into legible formats; some are more or less raw ascii texts. A few "publishers" have released printed versions which are little more than dumps of those plain-text files--and I use the scare quotes advisedly here, feeling sorry for those students who have bought those editions thinking that they were, in fact, buying proper dictionaries.

"This edition has been set in Baskerville, a clear and accessible font, which it is hoped, will increase the legibility of the book. Further choices made in typesetting have led to additional changes in format, both for aesthetic reasons and to modernize the text in line with the contemporary reader's expectations."

I trust that potential buyers will take advantage of Amazon's excellent "Look Inside!" feature before making their purchase decisions.

Also available in hardcover: A Concise Dictionary of Middle English (Middle English Edition)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 16 April 2013
By carlos fernando - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i was looking for a good and concise dictionary based on old English, because at the end of last year i started to read some tales of Canter Bury Chaucer and another authors, at the beginning i understood nothing, but now i have learned not only the meaning of the word but also the evolution of the word.
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