Author(s): Catherine Soanes & Angus Stevenson
Authoritative and up to date, this eleventh edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary contains over 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions, including 900 new words. It offers rich vocabulary coverage, with full treatment of World English, and scientific and technical vocabulary, as well as rare, historical, and archaic terms. In addition there are hundreds of helpful notes on grammar, punctuation, and usage, many of them new to this edition. It offers appendices on currencies, alphabets, electronic English, formal/informal language, a Guide to Good English, and more. New to this edition is a fascinating Word Histories feature, telling the often bizarre stories of the origins and development of 100s of words. For example, did you know that the word grammar is related to glamour, or that cockney used to mean a spoilt child? This dictionary contains full appendices including new sections on electronic English, and the registers of language, from formal to slang.
"This mini-edition of a giant known as the OED claims to pack the authority of the original into a handy size ideal for use in schools, offices, and at home."--Library Journal
Preface; Introduction; Guide to the Use of the dictionary; Abbreviations used in the dictionary; Note on trademarks and proprietary status; Concise Oxford English Dictionary; Appendix 1: Countries of the World; Appendix 2: Prime Ministers and Presidents; Appendix 3: Kings and Queens of England and the United Kingdom; Appendix 4: Weights, Measures, and Notation; Appendix 5: Chemical Elements; Appendix 6: The Greek Alphabet; Appendix 7: The Solar System; Appendix 8: Collective Nouns; Appendix 9: Types of Language; Appendix 10: English in Electronic Communication; Appendix 11: Guide to Good English