The Chambers Dictionary (10th Ed) Hardcover – 4 Sep 2006
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It's official! The word techie--a devotee of or expert in (some aspect of) technology--has made it into the Chambers Dictionary. And there are a slew of other net-specific words too, including netiquette, browsing, applet, span, cybersex and cybercafé. It just goes to show how the world of computing and electronic communications has advanced and changed our world. Of course, there are also those other little things that have become part of our lives: Prozac, sound bite, cellulite... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Chambers is my dictionary of choice and always has been, because its
practice is to detail a word's etymology with clarity, brevity and
exactness, so that to look up a word in Chambers is to be able to
unpack its meaning and also to marvel at its compactness... Chambers is
an open door to words at their wittiest, most rooted, most reavealing
and most powerful.(Ali Smith)
It's good to see that the latest, 11th, edition of Chambers Dictionary has lost none of its wit. (Mark Sanderson, Literary Life, Telegraph.co.uk)
It's official! The credit crunch has finally found its way into the hallowed columns of this iconic work of reference...
Hats off, incidentally, to the editor who archly defines 'comfort food' as 'mood-enhancing food that meets the approval of one's taste buds but not of one's doctor'.(Daily Echo)
Chambers is the one I keep at my right hand (Philip Pullman: how I chose my top 40, 'The Times') --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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The point being, Chambers' style of categorising words under similar roots allows it to cram far more into a single volume. If you want lots of words, rather than long, encyclopaedic and often repetitious, definitions, go for Chambers.
Qua dictionary, though, it is awkward to use compared to the various Oxford dictionaries (the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the New Oxford Dictionary of English, and the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, in order of size). Moreover, the famously amusing definitions are far and few.
In short, buy this dictionary if you have to - i.e., if you while away your time solving (or setting) crosswords, or if you delight in our language's paths less trod. Otherwise, your best one-volume bet is probably the New Oxford Dictionary of English.
makes me feel like I am having an affair with another. Is the Chambers worthy of the risk of a
long-lastig crisis of conscience?
Well, it is a very large tome. A tome with a ribbon marker; something which neither my Shorter
Oxford nor Concise Oxford have. More cabin baggage-on-a-trolley format than the Concise Oxford's
The page layout is modern - the use of a san-serif font gives the page an uncluttered look. The
headwords are printed in bold letters and the rest in normal letters. The Concise Oxford uses a
serif font for the definitions, which I find better.
None other than Melvyn Bragg wrote a short Foreword. It is quite interesting, but one does get the
feeling that it is doing more to promote his book about the history of English than sing the praises
of the Chambers 9th.
Pronunciation is indicated by a system of respelling which, if you are used to the phonetic
alphabet, may be a problem. If, like me, the phonetic alphabet was the problem, the system of
respelling will come as a blessing.
The encyclopeadic content of some other dictionaries is more or less absent. The Oxford Paperback
English Dictionary has an entry about Stephen Leacock which you will not find in Chambers.
Similarly, you will not find usage panels with helpful hints and tips. I guess this is a dictionary
for advanced adults who rarely need guidance.
One of the selling-points of the Chambers is the coverage of older English words. I have not
checked to see how many there are. I normally grab the Shorter Oxford if I need to look up an
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I think Oxford has more or less abandoned the territory to Chambers - I mean, of one-volume, comprehensive, practical, day to day dictionaries. (The Concise seems to me to have gone downmarket, so to speak). But, of course, if what you're after is the definitive etymology, the history of the use of the word, the widest range of meanings over its history, then I think you're bound to go to the Shorter Oxford or the OED itself. But then, that's work
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