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The Next best thing to the 20 Volume Edition,
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This review is from: Shorter Oxford English Dictionary - Deluxe Edition (incl. CD) (Hardcover)
If you cannot afford the £750 for the 20 Volume edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, or if you do not have the shelf space to put them upon, then this is the edition to get. The two great volumes contain nearly four thousand pages, more than half a million definitions, and eighty-five thousand quotations illustrating the meanings and context of many words. What more could you ask for?
Whenever I come across a new word or one I am not sure of the definition, I turn to my copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and find a lot more information than I expected. It is the kind of book that you think you only put on a shelf and refer to it "once in a blue moon", but when you discover all sorts of interesting words and etymologies of common words you want to look further. It is my number one reference book.
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Initial post: 2 Jun 2009 23:48:28 BDT
B. Dowsett says:
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 00:58:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Nov 2011 01:01:07 GMT
I agree. My mother had the "Thorndike Barnhart World Book" duo-dictionary-set for over 30 years, and she loved them, but we're getting her these for Christmas. Looking forward to seeing them. I do know while the Thorndike set were great, these Oxford ones have 200 more pages, which is a good sign if you ask me, but I'll have to wait and see before coming to my final conclusion.
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