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Canadian Oxford Dictionary [electronic resource]
Barber, Katherine Editor
edition
2nd ed.,Revised
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, Incorporated Jan. 2005
description
1830 p. 07.700 x 010.300 in.
ISBN
0195418166 (Trade Cloth), 9780195418163
format(s)
Book
Subjects
More Details
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, Incorporated Jan. 2005
isbn
0195418166 (Trade Cloth)
9780195418163
standard identifier
9780195418163
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
abstract
Annotation The Canadian Oxford Dictionary was the runaway bestseller of 1998, spending over a year on the Globe and Mail's bestseller list and winning the Canadian Booksellers Association's Libris awards for Non-fiction Book of the Year and Specialty Book of the Year. Now this wonderful resource isavailable in a major new edition. The dictionary's 300,000 words, senses and definitions combine in one reference book information on English as it is used worldwide and as it is used particularly in Canada. Definitions, worded for ease of comprehension, are presented so that the meaning most familiar to Canadians appears first andforemost. Each of these entries is exceptionally reliable, the result of thorough research into the language and Oxford's unparalleled language resources. Five professionally trained lexicographers spent five years examining databases containing over 20 million words of Canadian text from more than8,000 Canadian sources of an astonishing diversity. The lexicographers also examined an additional 20 million words of international sources. This new edition is completely up to date with 5,000 new words and senses. In addition it features 2,200 uniquely Canadian words and senses, 350 usage notes, 7,000 idiomatic expressions, 5,500 biographical entries, and over 5,600 place names. There are also several new features in this edition:preferred word breaks are given throughout, parts of speech are written in full, and the first print run will feature cut thumb-indexing tabs.
catalogue key
7855240
target audience
Trade Oxford University Press, Incorporated
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-05-01:
Canadian EnglishÄhistorically overwhelmed by British and American linguistic influencesÄcontains comparatively few terms unique to Canada. It comes as no surprise, then, that only about 2000 of the 130,000 entries in the this title are actually Canadianisms (e.g., "fishway," "outport," "pure laine," "riding," and "shit distributor"). Aimed at adults and older students, the Canadian Oxford also indicates preferred Canadian pronunciation and spellings; most of the rest of the lexical text, however, adheres closely to that found in the Concise Oxford Dictionary (1995. 9th ed.). The dictionary also includes brief entries for some 800 prominent Canadians and 1200 Canadian places, both useful encyclopedic features. The dictionary has two major competitors, the ITP Nelson Canadian Dictionary (Nelson Canada, 1996) and the Gage Canadian Dictionary (Gage, 1996). All three are reasonably current, similar in size (1700+ pages), and do a first-rate job of covering the small body of active Canadian English vocabulary, though the Canadian Oxford has a slight quantitative edge, claiming "almost two thousand Canadianisms, more than any other general dictionary." Most Canadian libraries will want all three, and larger U.S. libraries ought to have at least one, with the Canadian Oxford as the logical first choice.ÄKen Kister, author of "Best Dictionaries," Tampa, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"...an absolute must for every Canadian wordsmith." Peter Mansbridge, CBC "The National"
"...a unique reference book for all Canadians: an essential tool for anyone writing for Canadian readers; and a book I know I will consult endlessly." Robert MacNeil,Time Magazine
Praise for the Canadian Oxford Dictionary:
"The best Canuck wordbook yet, eh? We can all write and speak a bit more confidently with the arrival of The Canadian Oxford Dictionary..." The Globe and Mail
"The COD [Canadian Oxford Dictionary] is a must for any US library close to the Canadian border...Canadian libraries will want to update their reference collections with this latest edition, which is also a worthy edition to any Canadian home reference collection." --Booklist
"...with the arrival of[The Canadian Oxford Dictionary] - perhaps the mother of all Canuck compilations - the Canadian dictionary world is about to take a step forward." Edmonton Journal
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Summaries
Main Description
The publishing success story of 1998, the Canadian Oxford Dictionary spent over a year on The Globe and Mail bestseller list and was named the official dictionary ofThe Canadian Press. Now available in a major new edition, its entries combine in one reference book information on English as it is used worldwide and as it is used particularly in Canada.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is the Canadian Oxford Dictionary compiled from a database of over 16-million words of Canadian text from the last ten years. It has two database files which make it easier to find the correct spelling and definitions.
Long Description
This second edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary continues to define the authoritative standard for Canadian dictionaries. This popular dictionary's 300,000 words, senses and definitions combine in one reference book information on English as it is used worldwide and as it is used particularly in Canada. Definitions, worded for ease of comprehension, are presented so that the meaning most familiar to Canadians appears first and foremost. Each of these entries is exceptionally reliable, the result of thorough research into the language and Oxford's unparalleled language resources. Five professionally trained lexicographers spent five years examining databases containing over 20 million words of Canadian text from more than 8,000 Canadian sources of an astonishing diversity. The lexicographers also examined an additional 20 million words of international sources. This new edition is completely up to date with 5,000 new words and senses. In addition it features 2,200 uniquely Canadian words and senses, 350 usage notes, 7,000 idiomatic expressions, 5,500 biographical entries, and over 5,600 place names. There are also several new features in this edition: preferred word breaks are given throughout, parts of speech are written in full, and the first print run will feature cut thumb-indexing tabs.
Main Description
The Canadian Oxford Dictionary was the runaway bestseller of 1998, spending over a year on the Globe and Mail's bestseller list and winning the Canadian Booksellers Association's Libris awards for Non-fiction Book of the Year and Specialty Book of the Year. Now this wonderful resource isavailable in a major new edition. The dictionary's 300,000 words, senses and definitions combine in one reference book information on English as it is used worldwide and as it is used particularly in Canada. Definitions, worded for ease of comprehension, are presented so that the meaning most familiar to Canadians appears first andforemost. Each of these entries is exceptionally reliable, the result of thorough research into the language and Oxford's unparalleled language resources. Five professionally trained lexicographers spent five years examining databases containing over 20 million words of Canadian text from more than8,000 Canadian sources of an astonishing diversity. The lexicographers also examined an additional 20 million words of international sources. This new edition is completely up to date with 5,000 new words and senses. In addition it features 2,200 uniquely Canadian words and senses, 350 usage notes, 7,000 idiomatic expressions, 5,500 biographical entries, and over 5,600 place names. There are also several new features in this edition:preferred word breaks are given throughout, parts of speech are written in full, and the first print run will feature cut thumb-indexing tabs.

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