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The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles

by William Little

Other authors: H. W. Fowler (Editor), William Little (Contributor), James Augustus Henry Murray (Originator), C. T. Onions (Editor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Oxford Universal English Dictionary on Historical Principles (complete)

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The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary contains 600,000 definitions, more than a third of the entries found in the Oxford English Dictionary - the 'ultimate authority on the English language' - in just one tenth of its size. All the vocabulary current in general English worldwide from 1700 (as well as in earlier major works such as the Bible and Shakespeare) to the present day is presented in its two handsome volumes. The Shorter's 85,000 historical and literary quotations are a unique feature, illustrating how the language has been used by writers through the centuries. The acclaimed Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has undergone a major programme of updating and improvement since the last edition in 2002, ensuring that it remains the best of its kind. 2,500 new words, many never published in any other dictionary New introductory essay by language guru David Crystal More than 1,000 new illustrative quotations from writers throughout the English-speaking world Definitions reviewed for currency and clarity An improved clear and fresh design… (more)



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  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
It's great to have a Collins alongside as they compliment each other, but this is simply superb and the full 20-odd volume version is on my "when I win the lottery" shopping list. ( )
  expatscot | Feb 13, 2018 |
Those who urge you to throw away your old dictionary and stick with the most modern are mad, mad, mad! This is the best dictionary I have so far and I am so delighted with it. I need a dictionary to look up words I don't know, and to give subtle shadings of words I do know. This dictionary does that far better than my 1975 and 2002 dictionaries (which admittedly are shorter editions), and gives words that have fallen out of the newest in favour of "trackpants" and the like. Using the three together is an education in the evolution not only of words but of our view of them. Just a wonderful book. So pleased I found it. ( )
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(Reviewing the 1955 3rd ed. rev.) This is old and the definitions of naughty words are circumlocutional at best. However, it has marvelous things like explanations of emphatic "shall," and, being abridged, it does not require a magnifying glass to read the etymologies and first usages, which are the best part of any Oxford dictionary. It's also big enough to be used for a booster chair. ( )
  aulsmith | Jun 21, 2009 |
Volumes 2,3,4,5,6,8,9
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
William Littleprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fowler, H. W.Editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Little, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murray, James Augustus HenryOriginatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Onions, C. T.Editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coulson, JessieContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowler, H. W.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This dictionary is an abridgement officially authorized by the Delegates of the Oxford University Press of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, later known as The Oxford English Dictionary.

The several calls for reprints of this work bear testimony to its acceptability and usefulness.

Prefatory note to the second edition, Aug. 1936.
The following sections contain an exposition of the contents and method of this Dictionary, with directions for its use.

A (ēi), the first letter of the Roman and English Alphabet (Gr. Alpha, Heb. Aleph; repr. orig. in Eng., as in Lat., the 'low-back-wide' vowel, formed with the widest opening of the jaws, pharynx, and lips.
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This work is the complete the first, second and third editions of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. American editions of the third edition are entitled "The Oxford Universal English Dictionary" and are the same work. Do not combine with later editions edited by Lesley Brown, William Trumble, or Angus Stevenson, or with incomplete volumes.
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