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Third Barnhart dictionary of new English
Barnhart, Robert K.
Publication Information:
Bronx, N.Y. : H.W. Wilson, 1990.
Physical Description:
xxi, 565 pages ; 26 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The Second Barnhart dictionary of new English. c1980.
Added Uniform Title:
Second Barnhart dictionary of new English.
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s Cited in Sheehy and BCL3. This essential supplement to the general English-language dictionary covers new terms created over the past ten years, and also reprises many entries from the First and Second Barnhart dictionaries of new English, both now out of print. Each of the 12,000 entries contains at least one substantial quotation. Pronunciations, etymology, and usage notes are provided as necessary. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Library Journal Review

Through the addition of new scientific and technical terms, slang, initialisms (EPA, TESOL), foreign borrowings, and new combinations (miniskirt, kiss of life), the English language is growing fast. Older words are also acquiring new meanings. Dictionary makers have therefore taken to publishing supplements to their unabridged dictionaries: Merriam-Webster's latest is 12,000 Words (1986). The Barnhart supplement also defines some 12,000 new words, acronyms, abbreviations, and phrases adopted in the last 30 years and updates some of the entries in the first two editions of the Barnhart dictionaries. Each entry contains at least one illustrative quotation and a date when the term came into use. Pronunciation and etymology are provided where needed. The only usage label is ``slang.'' Recommended.-- Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Those who applauded the first Barnhart Dictionary of New English Since 1963 (CH, Jul'74) and the Second. . .(CH, Nov'80), will be pleased with the third edition. Content and format of the entries remain unchanged except that selective syllabization has been discontinued. Updated typefaces are an improvement. The dictionary's scope has increased from the original 5,000 entries to 12,000 entries covering the last 30 years of new words and phrases from Barnhart's files. However, because there is no clear indication as to how many entries were drawn from the first two editions, librarians will have a difficult time deciding whether or not to retire those editions from the reference collection. New words and phrases from the 1980s such as "sequencing," "desktop publishing," "genetic fingerprinting," and "computer virus" will be found, but the bulk of the third edition is devoted to words and phrases from the 1960s through the mid-1970s. Many of the newer words can also be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., but because combined words are frequently embedded in the OED's microscopic text, the search can be a laborious one. Webster's 12,000 Words (1986), the most recent addendum to Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961), does not include many of the words that will be found in the Third Barnhart. One must marvel at the quality of the quotations selected by Barnhart editors to illuminate the meanings of words. This latest Barnhart will prove invaluable at the reference desk telephone when one is trying to answer questions such as "What does cocooning' mean?" Highly recommended for all collections. -P. S. Thomas, Washburn University of Topeka