- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (22 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198610408
- ISBN-13: 978-0198610403
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 11.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors: The Essential A-Z Guide to the Written Word (Reference) Hardcover – 22 Sep 2005
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Something of a bible...for printers in search of guidance. (East Anglian Daily Times)
"The New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors" is the essential A-Z guide for everyone who works with words. Drawing on the expertise of the Oxford Dictionaries department, it provides authoritative advice on those words and names which raise questions time after time because of spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, or cultural or historical context. As well as lexical terms, there are many proper names included: from place names and personal names to names of institutions, literary references, and books of the Bible. Entries give full coverage of recommended spellings, variant forms, confusable words, hyphenation, capitalization, foreign and specialist terms, proper names, and abbreviations. "The New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors" follows in the footsteps of its illustrious predecessor "The Authors' and Printers' Dictionary", published in 1905, and later called "Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors"; for the centenary year, the entries have been reselected, and the text has been entirely rewritten."The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors" has long been an indispensable part of any editor's reference shelf; now, the text is even more useful than before, and appears in a new handbook size. It is an essential tool for writers, editors, publishers, journalists, and web editors, and together with "New Hart's Rules" and the "New Oxford Spelling Dictionary" forms the complete editorial reference set.
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However, it is as the title says: it is a specialist work for writers and editors, and is a dictionary of words which cause problems/give rise to queries. It is not a comprehensive general dictionary and does not claim to be - if you are looking for a small but compendious dictionary then you should go for one of the Collins or Oxford compact English Language dictionaries.
For help on more complex matters of style, correct conventions for writing, more general typographical matters, etc, then New Hart's Rules: The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors (Reference) is the best guide - another compact but invaluable guide. With the two of these by my side I rarely fail to find an answer to my queries, and can highly recommend them both.
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