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For those seriously interested in the English language,
This review is from: Shorter Oxford English Dictionary - Sixth Edition (set of 2 books) (Hardcover)
The daddy of them all as dictionaries go is the Oxford English dictionary, which runs to 20 volumes. Not many homes will have this ! But if you are serious about the English language, and interested in its origins and develoment then probably the next best dictionary is the shorter Oxford English dictionary (SOED), which is in two volumes, and runs to about 4000 pages in all. It has been around since the 30s, and has been regularly updated every 10-15 years or so. The latest update was in 2007.
I was in East Anglia recently and came across several place names with 'staithe' in their title - this was a new word for me. On returning home I looked the word up in my excellent Chambers - the genesis and decription of the word - a wharf, landing stage for boats - ran to 3 lines. In the Shorter there was more detail and the entry was 12 lines long.
The Shorter is also available on CD, and somewhat cheaper than its paper counterpart. It also has extra features such as search functions, plus a crossword solver.
Despite this I am more than happy with my paper set - for a start the two volumes look rather more impressive than a CD !
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2014 00:40:08 BDT
Dr. Piotr J. Masiak says:
20 vols? Read it again..it's 42-3 vols. at the last count. And it's an even greater read!
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