- Taschenbuch: 960 Seiten
- Verlag: Dell; Auflage: All New. (26. Juni 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0440237017
- ISBN-13: 978-0440237013
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 4,1 x 17,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 12 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 791.433 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The American Heritage Dictionary: Fourth Edition (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Juni 2001
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The latest edition of the American Heritage Dictionary is out, and that's hot news--not just for the resolute followers of lexicographical minutiae, but for the general reading and writing public as well. Why? Because the American Heritage is a long-standing favorite family dictionary (never underestimate the value of pictures) and one of the prime dictionary references for magazines, newspapers, and dot.com content providers. For scads of writers and editors across the U.S., it sets the standard on matters of style and lexicographical authority.
So this new edition is exciting and noteworthy, but how good is it? In its favor, the fourth edition is as current a dictionary as you can get. It's six years fresher than the 1994 version, with 10,000 words and definitions you won't find in the still venerable but now slightly dated third edition. For example, unlike its predecessor (and also unlike the 1996 Oxford Encyclopedic English Dictionary), this fourth edition covers dot-com, e-commerce, and soccer mom, Ebonics, Viagra, and a surf definition for cruising television channels and the Internet.
Its panel of special consultants includes authorities on anthropology, architecture, cinema, and law, plus military science, music, religion, and sports, and that is reflected in an impressively comprehensive coverage of the arts, culture, and technology. Sadly, however, there are no medical consultants on the panel, and that loss is felt in some substandard medical definitions. Other flaws: there's a greater than usual tendency to define a word with a form of the same word--for example, fuzzy, whose first two definitions are "1. covered with fuzz." and "2. of or resembling fuzz." And some definitions seem needlessly wordy, such as the entry for furious, which is "full of or characterized by extreme anger; raging." Compare that with the more succinct Oxford Encyclopedic entry: "1. extremely angry. 2. full of fury."
On the other hand, there are valuable entries throughout the dictionary supplying additional information on synonyms, usage, or word history, and these extras, such as the history of diatribe and the usage notes on discomfit, are interesting. The layout is easy on the eyes, with dark blue/green bold type setting the words apart from their definitions, and 4,000 color photographs, maps, and illustrations that are both useful and delightful. On one page, the margin provides color depictions of Francis Bacon, bacterium, and a Bactrian camel. Theodore Roosevelt and a rooster share another margin, while a third page offers Isak Dinesen, a dingo, and dinoflagellate. It is a fascinating book to peruse, and a compellingly scholarly addition to the American Heritage Dictionary line. --Stephanie Gold -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"This new American Heritage is more suited to our national character than any other previous dictionary." —New York Times Book ReviewAlle Produktbeschreibungen
Indeed, a worthy goal.
I personally have always enjoyed reading dictionaries. Learning the rubric of a subject, the jargon and the lexicon has always proved a wonderful way into genuine understanding. All dictionaries should be easy to read.
Unfortunately, The American Heritage College Dictionary is NOT!
For some impossible to understand reason the editors decided to run an inch wide column along every page where they sometimes (but not always) put perfunctory illustrations and photographs. This bewildering compositional choice meant they had to force the small printed words (it's a dictionary after all!) into the inner margins where they cannot be read without bending the spine of the book!
It's a useless travesty of a reference volume and a waste of editorial talent. Every time I open it I cannot help but feel ripped-off. And it's got at least one strikingly funny error on page 998 where the moronic illustration for the word "passant" has the heraldic lion looking the wrong way - by AHCD's own definition!
It's as if no one really thought about what they were doing from a reader's point of view, even though that was the express intention of the project director.
Had I a chance to examine this book before I bought it I wouldn't have.
The previous edition from the 1970s was an exemplary example of quality bookmaking: clean and easy to read.
The 1993 edition is a design disaster. Seek out a better-made book.
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This dictionary is a disaster in book design. The inner columns run into the gutter of the book and consequently make it difficult to read. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2000 von Thomas Allen
Ignore the previous review. This is a gem of a dictionary. It has the most helpful usage rules of any of the dictionaries commonly sold and is a delight to use.Am 14. März 2000 veröffentlicht
A great new age, globalization attempt to wipe out words such as: United States of America, United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marines, and United States Air... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
I reviewed the large hardcover in the Bookstore. It looks pretty goodVeröffentlicht am 11. Oktober 1999 von Amazon Customer
This book is exactly what A.com describes in its review. Margins are a bit of a problem, but you get an almost unabridged dictionary in one tenth the space. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 9. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht