Collins Dictionary & Thesaurus of the English Language Hardcover – 7 Jul 2011
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The dictionary size is as expected but the print seemed rather basic-looking and lacking 'something' so I compared it to the old third edition, heres the negative aspects:
1) The dictionary has lost many entries, in fact every entry that I've looked up over the last few days hasn't been in the new edition but was in the old edition, (eg indefeasible - so the lawyer that wrote his review may wish to amend his entry). Comparing the first page I see that "abed" is gone, and thats a word I personally use pretty much every day. And its not just old words, how about the useful entries for famous people... I was just checking to see the Mary Shelley entry, but it's gone! however I did notice a new entry for Torvill And Dean!!
2) many of the pronunciations have gone, so after dinner arguments over the pronunciation of 'scone' or 'H' (which has also lost its entry) wont be easily settled.
3) the old edition had a really useful section on English usage but in the latest edition it has gone; in its place is a fairly useless and scant 'history of the English language'.
4) print size in the new edition is slightly larger but the font isn't as pleasing and to make matters worse there is only left-justification, making the columns look raggedy and somewhat difficult to scan and hence painful to the eyes. (Oh and thats another ditched word 'raggedy').Read more ›