English Language Dictionaries
The Large Print American Heritage Dictionary
The Large Print American Heritage Dictionary
Large Print    Hardcover      ISBN: 0618714855
Approved by the National Association for the Visually Handicapped, a new edition of the easy-to-read, authoritative, up-to-date dictionary offers more than 35,000 definitions, plus a reference section and a special guide to pronunciation, punctuation, grammar, and style. (Reference)
Essential Songwriters Rhyming Dictionary: Most Practical and Easy to Use Reference Now Available
Essential Songwriters Rhyming Dictionary
Most Practical and Easy to Use Reference Now Available
Paperback      ISBN: 0882847295
Provides over 36,000 words and rhymes, and includes a glossary of rhyme schemes and tips for writing lyrics.
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
Word by Word
The Secret Life of Dictionaries
Paperback      ISBN: 110197026x
Do you have strong feelings about the word “irregardless”? Have you ever tried to define the word “is”? Brimming with intelligence and personality, this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must-read for word mavens. Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define, how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. And along the way, she reveals little-known surprises—for example, the fact that “OMG” was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917. Word by Word brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. Certain to be a delight for all lovers of words, Stamper’s debut will make you laugh as much as it makes you appreciate the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.
The Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0198611862
Eighty years ago, the "greatest work in dictionary-making ever undertaken" was completed. And with its enormous range, unparalleled historical depth, detailed etymologies, and inexhaustible supply of illustrative quotations, it has enriched the lives of writers, readers, and word-lovers of all stripes ever since. Begun in 1857, published in ten volumes in 1928, subsequently revised and expanded to 20 volumes in 1989, and now adopted to the electronic age, the OED has become the most venerated and most beloved English-language reference ever compiled. The key feature of the OED, of course, is its unique historical focus. Accompanying each definition is a chronologically arranged group of quotations that illustrate the evolution of meaning from the word's first recorded usage and show the contexts in which it can be used. The quotations are drawn from a huge variety of sources--literary, scholarly, technical, popular-and represent authors as disparate as Geoffrey Chaucer and Erica Jong, William Shakespeare and Raymond Chandler, Charles Darwin and John Le Carre. In all, nearly 2.5 million quotations--illustrating over a half-million words--can be found in the OED. Other features distinguishing the entries in the dictionary are the most authoritative definitions, detailed information on pronunciation, variant spellings throughout each word's history, extensive treatment of etymology, and details of area of usage and of any regional characteristics (including geographical origins). A dictionary like no other in the world, the OED has been described as "among the wonders of the world of scholarship." Reflecting upon the Dictionary's 80 years, that statement is today more apt than it ever has been. In celebration of theOEDs 80th anniversary, we are offering the 20-volume set at its lowest price ever: $895.00! Also available online at: www.oed.com
Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage: A Guide to Nondiscriminatory Language
Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage
A Guide to Nondiscriminatory Language
Paperback      ISBN: 0897746538
Offers alternatives to 5,000 words and phrase which discriminate, discusses how widespread discrimination is in the English language, and provides suggestions of unbiased writing
The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate
The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062701908
Profiles over 3,500 interesting words, featuring concise definitions and discussions of their use and misuse in modern language
Merriam-Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary
Merriam-Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary
Hardcover      ISBN: 087779121x
A comprehensive, cross-referenced listing of synonyms and identifying terms pertaining to persons, places, events, and objects arranged alphabetically and by letter count
The American Heritage Desk Dictionary
The American Heritage Desk Dictionary
Hardcover      ISBN: 0547708130
A brand new edition of this outstanding resource, fully revised, with hundreds of new words, abundant example sentences, helpful usage notes, and photographs.
The American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary
Paperback      ISBN: 0553583220
• More than 70,000 entries • Thoroughly revised and updated • 2,500 new words and meanings • More than 400 photographs and illustrations • Expert guidance on correct usage YOU ARE YOUR WORDS The words you use define you. Make the most of them with The American Heritage® Dictionary. THE FIFTH EDITION FEATURES Clear definitions written in a style that is accurate and easy to understand New words and senses in all areas from science and technology to food and clothing Biographical and geographical entries that identify the people and places you need to know Useful illustrations that enhance the definitions and make learning easier Expert guidance on usage based on surveys of the American Heritage® Usage Panel Etymologies, synonyms, antonyms, and much more
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0547676581
Covering almost ten thousand phrases, including bite the bullet, take the cake, buy the farm, and says who, a unique reference on common American vocabulary and idiomatic expressions defines each entry and provides a contextual sentence.