Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Luxury Edition, 11th edition, revised 2009 Hardcover – 9 Jul 2009
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"This mini-edition of a giant known as the OED claims to pack the authority of the original into a handy size ideal for use in schools, offices, and at home."--Library Journal
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Take off the ugly dust cover and have it on the coffee table for everyone to use.
Clear and easy to use. The Thumb holes are ok, but rest in the middle of the letter rather than at the beginning - these arn't that well cut either and feel rough. For the price i would have expected a better 'finish' . That said, it was a present for my Mom who does a lot of quizzes and stuff and was well received.
I bought this dictionary for my son, a budding writer, for Christmas. I was so impressed... I bought one for myself! As a student studying at degree level I have found this book invaluable. I particularly love the thumb index for easy reference and the Appendices make an interesting read in themselves. Treat yourself, if you are going to buy a dictionary, buy this one. You will not be disappointed.
That being said, most households need a dictionary for a number of reasons amongst which would be, spelling, meaning, crossword aide, confirmatory source, homework, article/book writing and research purposes, and I have not come across any better work to suite these needs in my 60+ years of flicking through dictionaries of all types and different publishers.
It is ironic that I guess the main reason for referring to a dictionary is to check spelling, but as is pointed out by that fine laconic transatlantic wit Stephen Wright "if a word in the dictionary is misspelled, how would we know about it?". Good point but I would hope that since being published in 1911 and revised numerous times since, that the proofreaders have eliminated all misspellings so we can put our minds to rest on this point.
If you do not possess a dictionary or as in my case your dictionary was very old, battered and out of date, then you could do no better than to treat yourself to this splendid work of reference.
(If you need some lighter everyday dictionary then there is smaller paperback Oxford dictionary/thesaurus, I can fully recommend that as well in addition to this one. With thesaurus you have not only smaller version, but also bonus "function" too.)
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Book in excellent condition, as new. Superb dictionary, has everything I need for doing the crossword, and looking up any new words I come across. Nicely laid out. great!Published 15 months ago by Zoe
Bought this for use when watching Countdown ( I know it's sad) but this has been used daily. It's a shame that the language changes so much and we will need to get a new one... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by Cheffy
This was purchased to replace an older edition. It is in constant use as my husband is a crossword fan and uses it most days.Published on 28 May 2013 by Mrs. P.A. Andrews
The dictionary arrived, well packaged, and in new condition in five days. We are very satisfied with our purchase, thank you.Published on 25 Aug. 2011 by mossy
next day delivery. Replace same but older to keep updated with the new words. Will use most days particularly for scabble Thank youA PensionerPublished on 12 May 2011 by Eleanor Player
As an intellectual, I feel that no library, bookshelf, office desk, coffee table is complete without this dictionary. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2011 by Cafefoxx