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5.0 out of 5 stars Avoid pointless arguments, 25 Oct. 2000
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This review is from: The Oxford Colour Spelling Dictionary (Paperback)
This is a valuable entry in the Oxford canon for all those involved with words, the right and wrong way to use them in particular circumstances and why there is no such word as "underway". Although this might seem like a highly specialised book, it is priceless in its ability to simply and completely tell anyone how a word is spelt, where it should be hyphenated, British or US usage... It also wins the fifth star for its warnings on words which are easy to confuse (e.g. leech/leach), plus its wonderfully complete listing of all variations; capitalization (Balaclava/balaclava with both meanings), all inflections and its inclusion of people. This is exactly the kind of ammunition you need when tussling with recalcitrant authors or copy editors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best little spelling assistant ever!, 2 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: The Oxford Colour Spelling Dictionary (Paperback)
This excellent book is called a dictionary - but it doesn't tell you the meaning of the words listed except on rare occasions. What is does do, and brilliantly and vividly in blue, is show you how to spell words and where to hyphenate them. And given that there are only 624 pages, despite being wonderfully comprehensive, it's very much faster and easier to search in than my 1681 page Concise Oxford Dictionary. An ideal tool for editors - or students.
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