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Oxford English dictionary additions series. Volume 2
Weiner, E. S. C.
Publication Information:
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press, [1993]

Physical Description:
vii, 336 pages, 39 pages ; 25 cm
Format :


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PE1625 .O92 1993 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The second in a major series of volumes supplementing the Second Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, OED Additions Volume 2 contains, 3,000 new words and meanings presented in OED style, and represents work-in-progress from across the alphabetic range.Its contents include: 3,000 new words and senses; cumulative index of volumes 1 and 2; world coverage of English including the UK (exclusion order), North America (enrollee), and Australia (grummet), a wide variety of subjects, including science (superstring), literary theory (epiphanic), and sport(strokeless); all registers of English, including colloquial (everyplace) and slang (dweeb); full historical documentation, and dates of first appearance.

Author Notes

Lexicographers in the Oxford Dictionaries department

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Database also available on tape license for WWW use.

Choice Review

Not a two-volume set, but two independent A-Z collections, these were designed to supplement the 2nd edition of The Oxford English Dictionary (1989). Future update volumes will be printed regularly as new work accumulates. When the 3rd edition is eventually published, these volumes can be discarded. Meanwhile, they make fascinating reading. They include not only new words ("squark") but also old words previously not cited in the OED ("spitzer"), additional senses for old words, new collections, and new phrases ("split time," "split-fingered fastball"). The work is printed as completed, so that the volumes are uneven. Volume 1 has only one entry for "U" (Unix) and none for "X," "Y," or "Z," but volume 2 contains about 300 "U" entries, 11 "X" entries, about 60 "Y" entries, and 40 "Z" entries. Each volume has approximately 3,000 entries and subsenses, and volume 2 includes a cumulative index that will be continued in future volumes. Work is of the high quality expected for the OED. Recommended for academic libraries because it will represent the only updating of the OED for many years to come.