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Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 6th Edition on CD-ROM: Windows/Mac Individual User Version 3.0: Windows Individual User Version 3.0 CD-ROM – 13 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • CD-ROM: 24 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 6 edition (13 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199231761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199231768
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review from previous edition The Shorter is the Matterhorn to the great OED's Everest - elegant, awesome and marvelous to behold, differing only in size. A stupendous achievement. (Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman)

. . . truly a dictionary of global English. (Sydney Morning Herald)

The Shorter is a mine of information (Toronto Star)

. . . astonishingly good value . . . the new SOED is all that one would expect of it. (Keith Waterhouse, Daily Mail)

It is a dictionary with zest . . . a rare treasure. (Frank Devine, The Australian)

The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary redefines hip. (The New York Post)

About the Author

Angus Stevenson is a Project Editor for English Dictionaries at OUP.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you cannot afford the £750 for the 20 Volume edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, or if you do not have the shelf space to put them upon, then this is the edition to get. The two great volumes contain nearly four thousand pages, more than half a million definitions, and eighty-five thousand quotations illustrating the meanings and context of many words. What more could you ask for?
Whenever I come across a new word or one I am not sure of the definition, I turn to my copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and find a lot more information than I expected. It is the kind of book that you think you only put on a shelf and refer to it "once in a blue moon", but when you discover all sorts of interesting words and etymologies of common words you want to look further. It is my number one reference book.
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This is a wonderful dictionary but it isn't entirely the dictionary the publicity material says it is. The jacket claims, 'this edition combines the world's best dictionary of contemporary English with a comprehensive account of the historical development of the language.' The book description (above) says it is 'the most authoritative reference work available for both modern and historical English.'

When I queried the thinness of some accounts of current usage with the editor, he replied that the Oxford Dictionary of English 'gives a fuller treatment [than the SOED] to everyday words, with more detail, shades of meaning, examples, and grammatical specification.' Yet the SOED's publicity maintains it is the best, most authoritative dictionary of current as well as historical English. OUP publicists aren't as scrupulous as their lexicographers. You really need both the SOED and the ODE - but they are still worth every penny.
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Format: Hardcover
The daddy of them all as dictionaries go is the Oxford English dictionary, which runs to 20 volumes. Not many homes will have this ! But if you are serious about the English language, and interested in its origins and develoment then probably the next best dictionary is the shorter Oxford English dictionary (SOED), which is in two volumes, and runs to about 4000 pages in all. It has been around since the 30s, and has been regularly updated every 10-15 years or so. The latest update was in 2007.
I was in East Anglia recently and came across several place names with 'staithe' in their title - this was a new word for me. On returning home I looked the word up in my excellent Chambers - the genesis and decription of the word - a wharf, landing stage for boats - ran to 3 lines. In the Shorter there was more detail and the entry was 12 lines long.
The Shorter is also available on CD, and somewhat cheaper than its paper counterpart. It also has extra features such as search functions, plus a crossword solver.
Despite this I am more than happy with my paper set - for a start the two volumes look rather more impressive than a CD !
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This is without a doubt the most useful dictionary I have ever bought. It's not oversized as it comes in two standard dictionary-sized volumes and fits neatly on the shelf. I am happy that it contains extended definitions plus contextual passages to back the words up. The sheer number of words contained in the dictionary makes it one of the most comprehensive dictionaries available.

I have noticed that many people have given this product negative reviews due to the CD contained, however I find the CD to be an irrelevance to the dictionary as a whole and give it five stars in spite of the discontent expressed by some of the customers. For anyone who is familiar with the dictionary game, this is perfect as it contains a vast plethora of words which I never knew existed!
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I was an English teacher for over thirty years and had never owned a decent dictionary. I watched Countdown for years and wished I had a decent dictionary - now I have got one, or two depending how you interpret the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Well worth the wait and we intend to leave it to our grand-daughter when we go so she won't have such a wait for a really decent dictionary!
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We are a crosssword loving family and these two volumes have already been well worth the money. Apart from being purely practical they are a never-ending source of interest about words and their origins. The entries are set out in a clear and easy to read fashion and the books themsleves are a delight to read.
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There is now no reason why the full-sized Oxford English Dictionary should ever be printed again, the online version being so much enlarged and offering so many new ways to study the history and use of words. But every decade or two there needs to be put out a snapshot of all this material in a concise working form, and that is exactly and uniquely what the Shorter OED is designed to do. And a printed edition still has a place, for me anyway: I haven't used the CD-Rom Shorter OED, but I find that the full-sized OED Online (from my limited experience, owing to the cost of subscribing) is still best suited to special searches, and not as friendly as print for browsing - at least for the way in reality you can switch imperceptibly from one type of use to the other, from specific query to moving semi-randomly between entries and finding unexpected connections.

The Shorter OED is the fullest printed dictionary available, with a very deep coverage of obsolete and dialect words, and follows the same historical arrangement of senses as in the big version, with a fair sampling of the illustrative quotations. But it has the advantage of being restricted to MODERN English: that means it gives the complete history of every word and sense in use since 1700, and most since the sixteenth century, leaving out the material now better covered by the new specialist dictionaries of Old and Middle English. (It's an awkward historical accident that leaves the full OED lumbered with this material.)

But it seems to me that the current presentation doesn't quite fit this new job as the premier printed dictionary: it now seems just a little too concise.
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