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The Concise Oxford Dictionary: The Classic First Edition [Hardcover]

H. W. Fowler , F. G. Fowler , David Crystal
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18 Aug 2011 0199696128 978-0199696123 classic edition
, first published in 1911 in a beautifully reproduced facsimile edition with a new introductory essay by David Crystal.

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  • Hardcover: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; classic edition edition (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199696128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199696123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 13.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, today a world-famous bestseller, has always been a ground-breaking dictionary. In its first edition, The Concise Oxford Dictionary was adapted by Henry Watson Fowler and Francis George Fowler from The Oxford Dictionary (now known as he Oxford English Dictionary). It was revolutionary at English today.glish usage and common words and excluding obsolete words. It was the dictionary for speakers and writers in the early 20th century, rival to none.

From the beautiful art deco detailing to the faithfully reproduced pages, this edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary authentically replicates the original 1911 publication. Includes an introduction with an essay from today's foremost commentator on language, David Crystal, setting the book in the political and social context of its time.Explore our language resources on oxforddictionaries.com, Oxford's home for dictionaries and language reference. Updated regularly with the latest changes to words and meanings, the site provides hundreds of thousands of definitions, synonyms, and pronunciations in a range of languages. Access the highest quality language content, built from our extensive research, for free on your desktop or device.

a marvel of condensation, achieved by skilful hands (Modern Language Notes, for the original 1911 edition)

the best small dictionary extant (Scotsman, for the original 1911 edition)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary and excellent 4 Oct 2013
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This dictionary dispenses with words like "ant" and "door" a "tree". If you don't know what a door is you shouldn't be allowed near a dictionary because,presumably,you'de be using it to look up the word "dictionary". As stated it dispenses with the unnecessary words that keep (for reasons of space) the truly baffling words out of so many portable dictionaries.
Do not expect this to be comprehensive - apart from the fact that this is not an encyclopaedia it has dated somewhat -you can get more up-to-date versions of the COD for a penny or two but this one seems to ooze charm (I bought both this and the modern one and did not find an overwhelming difference).
In review this is often called a "writer's dictionary" which makes a great deal of sense. Kinsley Amis used to stroke his (among other things)-but it is good for everyone,reader,writer or just someone who knows what a tree is and doesn't need a dictionary to confuse the matter (it's one of the things they make doors out of).
Unfortunately it does not have Johnson's dictionary definition of "oat" - "a foodstuff eaten by cattle and the Scotch" -but we won't hold that against it.
As I said (or typed) both Necessary and excellent - not to forget handsome,this will look very nice on your shelf - if you use it for nothing else (shelving is also made out of trees).
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An interesting work, a bit spoiled by a poor quality modern introduction by David Crystal (who spends a lot of time riding his hobby horses).
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4.0 out of 5 stars nouveau deco 19 Aug 2011
By weddy
Look at that cover, described as 'art deco'. Who writes this stuff??!! I guess you can't look up 'art deco' in this 1911 dictionary as it's a 1920s and 1930s decorative art style. Nouveau - think flowers; deco - think ocean liner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sovereign's English from A to Zed 13 Nov 2012
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These are my first impressions, as the dictionary arrived in today's mail. The book itself is printed on heavy paper which I didn't think publishers used any more. The guide words are in boldface capitals, and the 38,000 headwords (no, I have not counted them) are in boldface lower case, obviously with proper nouns capitalized. Because this is a reprint of a book first published 101 years ago, the text seems to be squeezed together on the pages. The print is large enough, though, for me to read it without the aid of a magnifying glass.

Why buy a hundred-year-old dictionary? One, it was edited by the famous Fowler brothers. Henry Fowler compiled "Modern English Usage," which has been edited three times since his death because of the cachet his name still enjoys among purists of English style. Two, it gives a linguistic snapshot of the English language just before the upheavals of the 20th century radically changed the language and the people who spoke it. Three, you will have a better way to understand classic English literature. I sometimes think that modern misinterpretations of Regency and Victorian literature owe as much to the changes in language as to the ideologies espoused by critics and English professors.

The brief answer to the question is that you will love this book if you love English language and literature.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic first edition 7 May 2014
By H. Steele - Published on Amazon.com
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The item itself would benefit enormously if it were printed on better quality paper. Other than that quibble the book is up to the required standard of today's publications.
4.0 out of 5 stars Handsome Reprint of a Dictionary Classic 28 Jan 2014
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Early editions of the Concise Oxford are hard to find and expensive when offered in good condition. This reprint of the first edition, originally published in 1911, will be appreciated by dictionary collectors, word mavens (a phrase not in the first edition) and students of early 20th century English literature. Physically, this is an attractive looking volume. However, the thick paper pages in the reprint makes the dictionary somewhat difficult to use: you need both hand to keep the dictionary open. I have copies of the original first and second editions the latter published in 1929. Both have somewhat smaller dimension and both are printed on thin paper. When opened the dictionaries lie flat, a great convenience Nevertheless, this is a worthy reprint. Buy a copy before it goes out of print.
3.0 out of 5 stars I like dictionaries. 31 Dec 2013
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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My son (32) recommended this dictionary. He believes it has very accurate definitions. I have a couple complaints though. The print is very small - and the binding is so tight it's difficult to keep open. So sadly I'm not using it. I will probably give it to my son to give someone else.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Original One-Volume OED 14 Oct 2013
By Globe Adventurer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not what I expected and I am returning it for credit. I really wanted the one-volume edition of the OED that came out in the '60s.
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