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Collins Dictionary & Thesaurus of the English Language Hardcover – 7 Jul 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Fifth edition edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007429029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007429028
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 5.9 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this new version primarily as a replacement for an old Collins Concise Dictionary (third edition), Collins Thesaurus and Rogets Thesaurus, I was rather hoping to ditch the 3 in favour of just this one volume.

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').
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I possess a paperback facsimile edition of the original Roget's Thesaurus (much used!!) which has entries which the Collins Thesaurus does not have - I therefore will be keeping my old Thesaurus as well as ther new one.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this edition more comprehensive in some ways but not really as good as my previous edition:i.e No description of words or prononcination of words, but all the same very good.
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A little disappointed with the book it is quite large and the thesaurus is not very good with explanations I had one before in the 1990 I think. Plenty of thesaurus words. (New!)
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I received the volume very quickly after ordering. I cannot believe that for such a weighty, well bound, extremely useful book it sells at such a low price.
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Excellent value for money. Really like the thesaurus at the bottom of the dictionary it is so easy to use. Would definitely recommend.
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