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Bold, clear, easy-to-use: "Quick Definition" system for instant access to core meanings
Focus on high technology: Comprehensive coverage of high-technology, scientific, and business terms; Glossary of internet e-commerce, and computer terms
Over 600 usage notes: Instructions for finding any subject online; Recommended web sites for research; Dos and don'ts for writing papers in electronic form; Formats for citation and documentation of internet sources
Common misspelled words and spellcheck notes: Frequently misused spelling clearly indicated with correct spelling shown
More new vocabulary: Over 320,000 entries and definitions; Over 5,000 new words; Over 1,000 illustrations
Quick facts: Short digests of key concepts in the Arts and Sciences
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General Editor Anne Soukhanov is one of the world's leading lexicographers. She is currently the "Word Watch" columnist for the Atlantic Monthly and was formerly the Executive Editor of the best-selling American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition (1992). She is also General Editor of the Encarta World English Dictionary
Those few users of this dictionary who venture into its prefatory matter might conclude that English lexicography and its traditions of more than two centuries require a makeover. The apparent reason is that college students lack familiarity with the language, its usage, and those features (e.g., homophones) that make English so devilish. The foreword explains what sort of problems the dictionary's College Usage Advisory Board (a group of 80 lexicographers and English professors) identified as worthy of special attention. These include common usage problems (addressed in 630 usage notes), words misspelled because they are misheard, and those pesky homophones. This dictionary offers new features intended to address the problems.
One feature called "Spellchecks" occurs 400 times. A typical example is the Spellcheck for horse, which directs the confused speller to hoarse. Its companion in the entry hoarse warns "your spellchecker will not catch this error." The dictionary's other special features include entry words as common misspellings along with their correct counterparts; the "Quick Facts" feature on "70 key concepts" as well as science topics; "Literary Links;" and the presence of a lightning-bolt icon before entry terms to signify those derived from "high technology." Literary Links "reveal interesting, sometimes surprising literary associations of selected words." These associations resemble the results one gets from keyword searches on Internet search engines. For example, a thumbnail summary of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is the subject of a Literary Link following the entry on heart. Such oddities distract from the dictionary's main purposes.
More to the heart of the matter is the light the dictionary sheds on usage. The usage notes on issues such as when and how to use an apostrophe, the difference between lose and loose, and when to use should and when to use would can help a student avoid common pitfalls. (The absence of a usage note differentiating the verbs lie and lay is an unfortunate omission.) As for the dictionary entries themselves, new words are relative to the larger Encarta World English Dictionary (1999). Many come from the field of technology as well as from the fields of science and medicine. Otherwise, the word stock of the two is very similar, perhaps even identical. The entries differ in depth and length; in some cases, the originals have shed some of their detail, and the number of photographic illustrations and drawings has been trimmed. Definitions are clear and succinct. Entries also provide pronunciation (using a proprietary system of symbols); identify a word's part of speech; and in many cases provide a very brief etymology. Integrated into the alphabetical presentation of the English lexicon are entries on people, places, and events. This sort of information can become dated quickly, but its presence is unquestionably a convenience for the target audience.
If this dictionary truly could remedy the written language problems the Advisory Board identified, it would be a "must" purchase. It does offer a contemporary approach in some of its selection of senses of words and in its definitions. However, cluttered with features of dubious value, it does not displace standard collegiate dictionaries. REVWR
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