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The American Heritage Dictionary: Second…

The American Heritage Dictionary: Second College Edition (original 1969; edition 1980)

by William Morris (Author)

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Title:The American Heritage Dictionary: Second College Edition
Authors:William Morris (Author)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (1980), Edition: Indexed, 1568 pages
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The American Heritage College Dictionary 3rd Edition by American Heritage (1969)



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As an older edition, this is unlikely to be bought very widely, but I'll pass along a snippet I read in a historical review of the publication, which is that the justly-renowned "usage panel" was at a low ebb for this edition. Earlier and later editions are better for that useful feature. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Apr 28, 2011 |
One of the things I like about this dictionary in addition to the usage panel are the excellent pictures. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Oct 22, 2010 |
A solid dictionary, with thorough coverage of obscure words and etymologies. ( )
  Audacity88 | Sep 28, 2009 |
The thing I like most about the American Heritage Dictionary is the Usage panel approach, in which a highly literate panel of experts votes on the appropriateness of a particular usage. To be sure, English is an evolving language. That is not to say that we simply hold our standard of speech to an all-accepting level simply because the common man has started to talk in a particular way; after all, good grammar and usage are not about being understood, they are about being understood to be educated.

The usage panel deals with the evolution of language by putting questionable usages to a vote among a group of people whom most users of dictionaries would aspire to be on a par with. ( )
  HoraceSPatoot | Oct 2, 2007 |
This edition is very special to me because it was awarded by the state of Kansas, and I'm proud to come from a state that gives dictionaries to its honor students. Yes, it includes the word "evolution."
  slackademic | Sep 9, 2007 |
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Despite the word "college" in the title, The American Heritage College Dictionary is the best choice for anyone who's looking for a substantive desk dictionary but isn't quite ready to commit to the space an unabridged takes. With more than 200,000 definitions and biographical and geographical notes, along with crisp photos, drawings, and diagrams in every margin, The American Heritage College Dictionary packs a lot into its 1664 pages. Under "lock," for example, you'll find both a diagram explaining how your key fits into and opens one, as well as a photo of boats passing through a river lock in Heidelberg, Germany. The actual definition section for "lock" shows 5 uses as a noun and 14 as a verb, followed by the idioms "lock horns" and "lock, stock, and barrel," and an etymological note that the word comes from the Old English loc, meaning "bolt or bar." As with all of the American Heritage dictionaries, The American Heritage College Dictionary boasts clear typography, clean design, and terrific usage notes based on the opinions of its 173-member usage panel, a group of noted North American writers and scholars, including Daniel Boorstin, June Jordan, Calvin Trillin, and Eudora Welty. These usage notes (for example, "brunette" seldom refers to men, because "-ette" is too closely associated with the feminine gender), along with regional notes (in the Northern U.S., a "bubbler" is a drinking fountain) and word histories, are a valuable addition to the standard definitions and synonyms one would expect from a college dictionary, and they are what make The American Heritage College Dictionary stand out from the crowd. --Rebecca A. Staffel

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Our best-selling dictionary. With more than 200,000 clear definitions; over 20,000 new words; more the 2,500 illustrations; a style manual; 400 usage notes; regionalisms; and Appendix of Indo-European Roots; and biographical and geographic entries.

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