Re: Deciding on a Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Subject: Re: Deciding on a Dictionary of Modern English Usage
From: Laura Lemay <lemay-lists1 -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 12:01:26 -0700

On Jun 8, 2007, at 11:25 AM, Cardimon, Craig wrote:
> Which edition by which author is THE edition most recommended or
> suggested by list members?

I don't think we have ONE agreed upon version here, at least I don't
remember seeing one mentioned in the recent memos from the Secret
Technical Writing Cabal. Everyone will probably have their own
preferences, and I suspect that one's preferences will mostly be
based on what one ended up buying in college.

I have two main hardcopy dictionaries, a Merriam Webster Collegiate
(what I bought in college) and an American Heritage. The latter is
more prescriptive (it tells you how to use words) rather than
descriptive (it describes how words are currently used). It also has
more pictures. I also have an Encarta online around here somewhere,
and my father's old college M-W if I need a historical comparison.

Frankly a lot of the time when I need to spell something I just put
it into Google. I suppose that is the most descriptive dictionary of

Wikipedia actually has a good description of the differences between

From that page there are links to specific dictionaries with
descriptions of them, whether they are more descriptive/prescriptive,
comparisons, etc.

once fell for the "gullible" trick

Laura Lemay Killer of Trees lemay % lemay %


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