The Chambers Dictionary Hardcover – 4 Aug 2003
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It's official! The word techie--a devotee of or expert in (some aspect of) technology--has made it into the Chambers Dictionary. And there are a slew of other net-specific words too, including netiquette, browsing, applet, span, cybersex and cybercafé. It just goes to show how the world of computing and electronic communications has advanced and changed our world. Of course, there are also those other little things that have become part of our lives: Prozac, sound bite, cellulite... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Chambers is my dictionary of choice and always has been, because its
practice is to detail a word's etymology with clarity, brevity and
exactness, so that to look up a word in Chambers is to be able to
unpack its meaning and also to marvel at its compactness... Chambers is
an open door to words at their wittiest, most rooted, most reavealing
and most powerful.(Ali Smith)
It's good to see that the latest, 11th, edition of Chambers Dictionary has lost none of its wit. (Mark Sanderson, Literary Life, Telegraph.co.uk)
It's official! The credit crunch has finally found its way into the hallowed columns of this iconic work of reference...
Hats off, incidentally, to the editor who archly defines 'comfort food' as 'mood-enhancing food that meets the approval of one's taste buds but not of one's doctor'.(Daily Echo)
Chambers is the one I keep at my right hand (Philip Pullman: how I chose my top 40, 'The Times') --This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product description
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The point being, Chambers' style of categorising words under similar roots allows it to cram far more into a single volume. If you want lots of words, rather than long, encyclopaedic and often repetitious, definitions, go for Chambers.
Nov '14: I've only just noticed inscribed on the spine of my edition the quaintly Victorian, fluttering-eyelid boast 'the first choice of many' reminiscent of Mazawatee tea and suchlike (actually a quote from the Good Book Guide); it is of course the first choice not just of Scots but of All Those Who Know
It's the recommended reference for most of the best crosswords.
But look on Amazon at the thumb-index version of this dictionary, which should be more expensive, but for some reason is actually a few pounds cheaper. That's the one I've bought, and it's superb.
Qua dictionary, though, it is awkward to use compared to the various Oxford dictionaries (the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the New Oxford Dictionary of English, and the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, in order of size). Moreover, the famously amusing definitions are far and few.
In short, buy this dictionary if you have to - i.e., if you while away your time solving (or setting) crosswords, or if you delight in our language's paths less trod. Otherwise, your best one-volume bet is probably the New Oxford Dictionary of English.
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