The "Shorter Oxford English Dictionary" is a distillation of the twenty-volume Oxford English Dictionary into just two volumes: an incredible one third of the coverage of the OED in one tenth of the size. Including all words in current English from 1700 to the present day, it combines the world's best dictionary of contemporary English with a comprehensive account of the historical development of the language. More than half a million definitions, covering dialect, literary, and technical vocabulary, as well as English from all parts of the world. Updated with new words and meanings and thousands of newly discovered antedatings. Over 85,000 quotations illustrate how words have been used by writers throughout the centuries. New introductory essay on the History of English by David Crystal Fresh and elegant new design for ease of use and aesthetic appeal.
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