New Penguin English Dictionary 1st Edition (Penguin Reference Books)

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9780140293104: New Penguin English Dictionary 1st Edition (Penguin Reference Books)

This volume explores and explains every angle of the word's most widely spoken language. It defines the latest scientific and technical terms, as well as surveying more unusual, literary or archaic vocabulary. It gives detailed information about correct usage ("different from?", "different than?" "different to?") and words that are commonly confused with one another ("imply" and "infer", uninterested" and "disinterested"). It contains thousands of illustrative examples, many of them drawn from the works of major literary figures, that serve not only to show how individual words work in context, but also to give a sense of the richness and variety of English. It includes word histories that explain the often tortuous routes by which individual words have developed their meaning over the centuries. And it supplements definitions of key concepts in subject areas as diverse as physics, philosophy, politics, and music with contributions from leading experts in the filed -Anthony Grayling on "reason", Rudy Rucker on "infinity", Donald Lopez on "reincarnation", Catherine Belsey on "deconstruction", and David Thomson on "film noir". The result is a meticulously researched, versatile dictionary that encompasses the huge range of the language, and offers clear guidance to its many complexities.

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The Dictionary has been compiled by a team of leading lexicographers, and edited by Robert Allen, former editor of the OXFORD CONCISE ENGLISH DICTIONARY.

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'In a comparison of Collins, Chambers and Penguin, the New Penguin English Dictionary comes out as the top recommendation' - TLS 'Refreshingly forward-looking and impressively comprehensive' - Amazon.co.uk

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