Item description for The American Century Dictionary by Laurence Urdang...
Overview Including state-by-state tables and more than two hundred illustrations, a specially priced dictionary of American English includes more than sixty-thousand entries that reflect the latest additions to the language, including slang, computer and business terms, foreign words, and names. Reissue.
Publishers Description A BRAND-NEW DESK DICTIONARY FROM THE WORLD'S LEADING DICTIONARY-MAKER Originally developed by Oxford University Press's Dictionary Department and edited by noted lexicographer Laurence Urdang, THE AMERICAN CENTURY DICTIONARY is a totally new dictionary created for American English. Its unique features include: -- the latest new words and acronyms, such as NIMBY, telecommute, and grunge -- thousands of colloquial and slang expressions, such as legit, yuck, and zilch -- up-to-date computer and technical terms, such as ASCII, e-mail, fax, and virtual reality, as well as new terms from medicine and business -- special easy-to-use organization -- all entries, including prefixes, abbreviations, foreign words, and biographical and geographical names, are arranged alphabetically in one section -- separate quick-reference tables: countries, states, state capitals, area and ZIP codes, presidents, and more.
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Studio: Grand Central Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.8" Width: 4.24" Height: 1.53" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1996
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 0446601217 ISBN13 9780446601214
Availability 0 units.
More About Laurence Urdang
Laurence Urdang was a lexicographer, editor, and author. He was the founding editor of Verbatim, a quarterly newsletter on language.
Laurence Urdang has an academic affiliation as follows - Laurence Urdang, Inc..
Reviews - What do customers think about The American Century Dictionary?
Excellent Purchase Considering The Price Apr 18, 2006
The price of this book, only $3.99, is the biggest selling point; you simply can't be that price. Size would have to be the second factor that makes this dictionary a best-buy. It is small enough to be carried in any purse or book bag.
The number of etymologies are incredibly limited and there is no section on the rules of style and grammer.
The supplementary information is a bit dated, you have to consider it was published in 1996. For instance, at the time this dictionary was published the city of Chicago had only one area code: 312. Since that time the area code of 773 has been created and the book, of course, does not reflect this fact.
Definitions are also limited. The word "aliteracy" is not present and neither is "syncretic" but it does contain the slang word "wasted".
If you are looking for a purely functional dictionary, your funds are limited, and you want something easily transportable then this is the dictionary for you.