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Random House Webster's college dictionary.
Random House (Firm)
Second Random House edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxviii, 1571 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PE1628 .R28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The first edition of the Random House Webster's College Dictionary (RHWCD), published in 1991, was not well received even though it was created from the database of the 1987 printing of the Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Words such as waitperson, weightism, and womyn contributed to the negative reaction (weightism has been dropped but heightism is still included). A second edition was published in 1997, and the criticisms of it were less harsh. The publisher launched an annual update program in 1998. Because the purpose of a dictionary is to provide definitions of difficult, unusual, and new words, RHWCD succeeds. The 1999 update claims to have more than 207,000 definitions with more new words than any other dictionary. Some of the new words include assisted living and road rage. The newest Concise Oxford Dictionary (10th ed., Oxford, 1999) does include Y2K and Kosovar, which are not included in RHWCD. In addition to instructions for using the dictionary, the introductory material in RHWCD includes a discussion on defining our language in the twenty-first century, with a list of new words by decades from the 1940s to the 1990s. Geographical and biographical terms are included in the dictionary itself rather than in a separate list. The definitions include some interesting labels of style: baby talk, disparaging, facetious. The typical dictionary line drawings are included with some definitions. An illustration of a star fruit is new to this edition. A ready-reference supplement contains a number of lists (U.S. holidays, U.S. presidents, nations of the world, great oceans, largest lakes, etc.), a guide for writers, words often misspelled, and a three-page essay on how to avoid insensitive and offensive language. Although the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition [RBB Je 97] is still considered the standard, RHWCD has become the "new word" dictionary and is popular with high-school and college students. Libraries that have the revised second edition (1997) or the 1998 update may not need to purchase the 1999 edition unless they want current populations of the U.S. states or need definitions of jellies (the shoes) or Roth IRA. Random House has also released version 3.0 of the electronic rendition of the parent in this dictionary family, Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary on CD-ROM. Book and CD-ROM can be purchased as a package for $75 (0-375-40383-3); or the CD-ROM can be purchased separately for $28 (0-375-40391-4).

Library Journal Review

In 1947 Random House launched its first dictionary, the celebrated American College Dictionary. Today, half a century later, the publisher is recognized as one of the premier lexicographic houses in North America, noted for its careful attention to new vocabulary, both standard and nonstandard. Fittingly, Random House marks its 50th anniversary in the dictionary business with these two major publications, both of which will be familiar to librarians. Volume 2 (H-O) of the slang dictionary, which adds about 10,000 main entries to the corpus, maintains the impressive quality that distinguished Volume 1 (LJ 8/94). The final volume (Q-Z) is scheduled for publication in 2000. This is simply the best slang dictionary ever compiled, and all but the smallest public and academic libraries should have it. The College Dictionary, a descendant of the aforementioned American College Dictionary, first appeared under its current title six years ago (LJ 6/15/91). The new edition is a thorough update, offering first-rate coverage and treatment of American English as used in the mid-1990s. For instance, "chat room" is here, as is the latest connotation of "closure." It competes well with other dictionaries in its class, including Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (LJ 9/1/93) and the American Heritage College Dictionary (1993. 3d ed.). Essential for most collections.‘Ken Kister, author of "Best Encyclopedias," Tampa, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Publication of this book marks the 50th anniversary of the first Random House desk dictionary, American College Dictionary (Guide to Reference Books, entry AC15); it is hailed by the publisher as a complete revision of the first edition of this title (Guide, AC19). All the 160,000 entries have been reevaluated and scrutinized for clarity and precision of definition, currency of significant people and places, etymological streamlining, and usage updates. New words and meanings have been added, a benefit of using the computerized Random House Living Dictionary Database. The result is a dictionary that, in a single alphabetic sequence, accurately reflects modern spoken and written American English. Main entries contain syllable breaks, variant spelling when appropriate, pronunciation, part of speech, inflected forms of the word, definitions with the most common meaning first, and etymology. Special features occur when an entry warrants and may include subdefinitions, labels for obsolete words, idiomatic expressions, cross-references to another entry, grammatical information, usage notes, synonym studies, and pronunciation notes. In addition to the guide for using the dictionary, abbreviations key, and pronunciation guide, "Defining Our Language for the 21st Century" outlines the growth and changes in the English language, particularly in the last 50 years, and contains entertaining lists of new words for each of the five decades. Appended to the text is the very useful "Guide for Writers" that provides guidelines and examples. Recommended for all collections. R. Hanson; Muskingum College