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A Guide to the "Oxford English Dictionary" Hardcover – 1 Jul 1993

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (1 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198691793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198691792
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Provides a detailed explanation of the conventions and organization of the dictionary, an analysis of components of a typical entry, a brief history of the set and the people who shaped it, a chronology, and key facts and figures."--Booklist"This is a clear and precise guide, a handbook to a reference book, a 'learner' to a great well of knowledge, or, using a new phase, recently coined, 'a good knowledge analyzer.'"--The Library Quarterly

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Donna Lee Berg is former librarian at the University of Waterloo Centre for the New OED.

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The only way to get everything out of your OED 13 Dec. 2008
By Eric C. Sedensky - Published on Amazon.com
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If you bought a 20-volume dictionary, you'd expect you'd need a guidebook, wouldn't you? Well, this is it. This book contains clear explanations of all of the conventions used in the Oxford English Dictionary. There are plenty of examples to illustrate all the intricacies that go into documenting the language, and each example is carefully chosen to best show-off the dictionary and acquaint the casual reader/peruser thereof. The second half of the book is a an "A-Z Companion" to the OED, which is interesting reading in and of itself. It took me a while to find a copy of this out-of-print book at a reasonable price, but it was well worth the wait and it improves the cost performance of my dictionary exponentially. If you have the big OED, you need this small OED guide.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A word-lover's guide to the supreme English dictionary. 27 Aug. 2013
By j mark schmearer - Published on Amazon.com
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If the OED is to you more than just a big dictionary, you need this book. The first half of this book is a history and overview of the OED, and then a user's guide to the OED--with detailed but very readable explanations for every element of the OED entry for each word. The second half is an alphabetically arranged 'companion', with small features on a wide range subjects related to the background, use and appreciation of the OED. This will deepen and mature your appreciation for one of our language's transcendent works.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a book for the serious OED enthusiast 17 Dec. 2011
By S. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone who as cracked the covers of the OED, decipering the entries can be a daunting prospect. This slim work helps a little in the process. Much of what is in the book is to be found within the OED itself, but without the task of ferreting it out. This is not a real history of the OED, although it does include some wonderful anecdotes, so don't expect it to be a page-turner. The best place for this book is next to the OED on the library shelf.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Karamian - Published on Amazon.com
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"A Guide to the Oxford English Dictionary" is written very carefully to approach fearful user of the OED closer to this monumental lexicographical toil. This is number one recommended book to my students.
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