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The Compact Oxford English Dictionary by J. A. Simpson
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The content of this book hardly needs commenting on as the complete OED is in a league of its own; its wide scope coupled with its impeccable scholarship makes it a powerful research tool in questions regarding for instance the historical development of the English language.

Physically it is a very large book, folio sized. To cram the entire 20-volume OED2 into a single volume, the text has been reproduced minutely, indeed - however, I found it much easier to use than previously expected. The spherical magnifier enclosed makes the print perfectly readable to me and it works very well, and I must admit that I do appreciate the almost archaic 'feel' this manner of reading produces… Read more