Random House Webster's College Dictionary

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New Words For the New Millennium!

In Today's Best College Dictionary

As quickly as our language changes, Random House Webster's College Dictionary changes with it. The first college dictionary to record terms such as bit map, World Wide Web, Internet, domestic partner, Viagra, and yada-yada-yada continues to provide unrivaled coverage of new words and meanings into the new millennium:

New Words Found Only Here

antiestrogen
APR
assisted living
B-ball
DVD
eBook
Evista
extranet
face time
FAQ
halfpipe
index fund
ISP
Java
jellies
jiggy
Juneteenth
mehndi
Nolvadex
nonstarter
object-oriented
off-label
PCS
Pilates
raloxifene
road rage
Roth IRA
smoothie
Steadicam
SVGA
telomerase
trackpad
TSE
24-7
Visual Basic
Wintel

IT'S A NEW MILLENNIUM. ISN'T IT TIME FOR A REALLY NEW DICTIONARY?

In the Tradition of NEWER WORDS FASTER!

Today, Random House Webster's College Dictionary continues the tradition of recording the latest developments in the English language ahead of any other dictionary. Because the Random House Living Dictionary DatabaseTM allows daily on-line updating and editing, this dictionary is alive and rich with important new additions to the language that you encounter every day in print, on TV and radio, and on the Internet.

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The Newest Dictionary for the New Millennium
Including the Most Up-to-Date Words!
Unrivaled Coverage of New Words and Meanings
Keeps Your Vocabulary Up-to-the-Minute

  Random House Webster's state-of-the-art Living Dictionary DatabaseTM enables its team of expert editors to add new words as soon as they become current--faster than any other college dictionary.  

  Shouldn't your dictionary include the newest words from technology (DVD, extranet), society (assisted living, road rage, Roth IRA), slang and jargon (jellies, halfpipe, jiggy) and more?

Sensitive Treatment of Offensive Language Helps You Choose Your Words Carefully

Over 300 entries for terms that refer insultingly to ethnicity, gender, class, disability, and sexual orientation have been completely revised.

Clearly visible usage notes, strong warning labels, and explanations of meanings indicate offensive language far more clearly than any other dictionary.

A Full Vocabulary at Your Fingertips

Over 207,000 clear definitions give the most common meanings, spellings, and pronunciations first, so you can find them quickly and use them accurately.

Hundreds of expert usage notes help you choose exactly the right word, and avoid common mistakes.

A One-Stop Reference Resource!

Up-to-date biographical and geographical entries are listed in the A-Z dictionary--no need to hunt for them in separate sections.

A 40-page Ready Reference Supplement of essays, charts, and tables helps you use English more efficiently--including a Guide for Writers, a guide to Avoiding Insensitive and Offensive Language, eight pages of world maps, and much more.

Isn't It Time for a Really New Dictionary?

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Review:

The English language continues to grow--perhaps more rapidly now than ever. Dozens of new words are added every year, many of them coming from the worlds of science, technology, entertainment, and politics. As the editors of Random House Webster's College Dictionary note, "To record this vocabulary is the task of our dictionaries, since it is the dictionary that most succinctly yet thoroughly reflects a changing world."

Random House Webster's prides itself on producing the dictionary to consult for new words--although the idea of having terms like scrunchy (a fabric-covered elastic hair band), sequelize (to make a sequel to), and stork parking (parking spaces reserved for pregnant women and new mothers) in a dictionary may make you brux (clench and grind the teeth). Logophiles will enjoy the lists of new words by decade, from A-bomb to zonk (1940s) and active-matrix to yada-yada-yada (1990s).

This is no mere browser's book, however, but a very useful tool. Hundreds of line drawings supplement the clear, concise definitions, and the clean layout makes this dictionary very easy to use. A 40-page reference supplement includes a concise writer's guide, lists of commonly confused words, world maps, and "Sounds to Spellings," a table of spellings that can correspond to each English sound--handy if you know how to pronounce, but not spell, a word. Excellent essays on modern usage and "Avoiding Insensitive and Offensive Language" make this the perfect dictionary to take into the 21st century. --C.B. Delaney

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"Best desktop Hardcover Dictionary."
-- Hammacher-Schlemmer

"Since the purpose of a dictionary is to provide definitions of difficult, unusual and new words, Random House Webster's College Dictionary succeeds."
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