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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unsual compilation, 19 July 2001
This review is from: The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (Hardcover)
The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors is an interesting compilation of the correct British spelling of unusual or easily-confused words including abbreviations, place names as well as famous and not so famous names connected with history, literature and politics. I can certainly recommend it to journalists and editors who need to know things like Maldon is in Essex, that the battle of Malplaquet was in 1709, or that Benazir Bhutto (b. 1953, former prime minister of Pakistan from 1988-90 and 1993-96) is the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1928-79), former president (1971-73) and prime minister (1973-77) of Pakistan. Some entries, such as "malcontent not malecontent," could easily be looked up in an ordinary dictionary, but you would need a whole reference library to find other entries. Overall a useful addition to the bookshelf of anyone who is a word addict.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for those that work with words, 20 Dec 2000
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This review is from: The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (Hardcover)
To hyphenate or not to hyphenate? I've always had a problem with hyphenation and now it's becoming clear... it's all in here! Words change and evolve and this dictionary has all the latest versions even if it is a little light on web words. A must for anyone wanting to get it right.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, concise guide to correct usage, 4 Nov 2002
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This review is from: The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (Hardcover)
Wonderful!
Perhaps I'm especially dim, but I find myself using this book a lot. I'm not sure, but I don't think there is anything this book really gives you that a good general purpose dictionary (like the SOED) wouldn't, but it is a very quick way to answer questions on correct usage and spelling of difficult or contentious words. For example, it reminds us that Lake Windermere is a tautology, which I think is just great.
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