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Collins English Dictionary : Complete and Unabridged Hardcover – 7 Jul 2003


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  • Hardcover: 1888 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Standard Sixth edition edition (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007109822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007109821
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 22 x 7.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collins English Dictionary has evolved into a glorious great slab of a reference book since its relatively modest first appearance in 1979. The 2003 version, rooted in the Bank of English, a 524-million word database launched in 1991, is the sixth edition.

Strong on clear definitions, derivations, cross-referencing, acronyms, technical and scientific terms and geographical place names, Collins English Dictionary also includes occasional boxed "language notes". Thus, for example, after "mitigate" we are usefully reminded that "Mitigate is sometimes used where militate is meant: 'His behaviour militates (not mitigates) against his chances of promotion.'" Interestingly, users of English are evidently becoming more relaxed about their language. Seventy words previously deemed taboo, including "arse," "crap" and "wank" are now described merely as slang. Perhaps rows of asterisks will soon be a thing of the past. Language changes continually and so do attitudes to it. There is a distinct sense of celebration in the latest Collins English Dictionary because English is one of the richest and most diverse of the world's languages and it is rapidly becoming a global lingua franca.

Jeremy Butterfield and his colleagues have made a splendid job of recording exactly where English is now. We may need to know what a "sex text" or a "dead-cat bounce" is today but, perhaps, in the quite near future such terms will fall out of use. That's why dictionaries need to be continuously updated, leaving earlier editions as reference works for language historians to study. It's also what makes dictionaries in general and Collins English Dictionary in particular so fascinating and why word lovers need the latest version on their shelves. --Susan Elkin

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
My previous edition in paperback was ten years old, and having been used every day, it was beginning to fall to pieces.
The new edition did not disappoint. I was particularly delighted to see that the monarchy had been elbowed, at last.
Collins dictionary, unlike the Oxford and Chambers, is not pompous.
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By Plushrose on 23 Oct. 2014
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Everything as promised. Jolly heavy as I expected !
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41 of 64 people found the following review helpful By P. Scott on 5 Dec. 2004
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Having bought this book to replace an old Collins dictionary, I was stunned to find that the Monarchy (all Monarchy) has been omitted from this dictionary. This is such a blatant tampering with the English Language as to be breathtaking. Not only have all the kings and queens of England been omitted, but names of whole ruling dynasties, such as 'Plantagenet' are not in there. The only meaning given for the word 'Tudor' is 'a style of architecture'. I'm outraged and will never buy another Collins book again. The Thesaurus is similarly edited, with lists of everything imaginable, including American Presidents, except for the British monarchy. I'm outraged.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Kilgallon on 31 Aug. 2013
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Well it has a lot of words in it starting with those beginning with A and going all the way through to those beginning with Z - what more can I say?!
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By Rita Phillips on 30 Dec. 2014
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More dictionary than I needed .
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