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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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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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.
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.
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 !
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!
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.Read more ›
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