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This review is from: Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Hardcover)
This is an excellent etymology dictionary. If I could sum it up with a single signifier, it would be CLEAR!
I compared this with the OED in-store and found that the clarity of entries - definition, history - in the Chambers by far exceeded that of its competitor - especially its minimal use of abbreviations (of which the OED was laden). Not only does the perspicuity of its entries place it above the OED, the Chambers' clear typeset, complimented by its leaf quality, elevated it even further over that of its ugly other, whose use of some obscenely obscure Romanesque font really didn't flatter its crude sheets of recycled Financial Times.
I would strongly advise this for those who are untrained in linguistics and/or philology. The OED retails at twice the price of Chambers, and from my perspective is 'clearly' inferior. This reference book will - for a long time to come - have its place by my bedside.
OED = Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
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I like your scholarship as much as your opinions, sir, but would suggest you change that to complEment
Together we'd make a great team
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