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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (1st Revised Edition) [Hardcover]

Katherine Barber
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July 9 2004
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 is being reissued with a New Words Supplement and a History of the English Language Timeline. The dictionary's 130,000 entries combine in one reference book information on English as it is used worldwideand 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 that 8000 Canadian sources of an astonishing diversity. The lexicographers also examined an additional 20 million words of international English sources. For this reissue, Oxford University Press's Canadian Dictionary Department prepared a New Words supplement, featuring over 150 words and meanings of words that have become prominent since 1998. Featuring up-to-the minute vocabulary, the supplement includes Ballard fuel cell, BC Bud, bricks and mortar, dot-commer, e-ticket, face time, IMHO, my bad, Nunavummiut, oxygen bar, Quebec gold, shrug, 24-7 and yada-yada-yada. Indeed, there is at least one new word for every letter of the alphabet.

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"...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

"...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

"We can all write and speak a bit more confidently with the arrival of The Canadian Oxford Dictionary lobe and Mail

"It is a treat to find the way we speak validated in a thick, stylish, authoritative volume which can take its place on the bookshelf with other great dictionaries....On the evidence of a week's serious browsing, the Canadian Oxford earns an A." Winnipeg Free Press

"There are 35 dictionaries on my bookshelf; this one will be on my desk." New Brunswick Reader

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cadillac of Canadian Dictionairies Feb. 10 2004
Format:Hardcover
The Canadian Oxford Dictionary was written by five Canadian lexicographers and originally published in June 1998. Wordsmiths regard this work as the Cadillac of Canadian dictionaries and the foremost authority on current Canadian English. It encompasses 130,000 entries, including 2,000 Canadian words, 500 Canadian regionalisms, 1,200 Canadian place names, 800 Canadian biographies and 300 Aboriginal people and cultural entries.
The book is well bound, with an Oxford blue hardcover made of a synthetic material called Kivar 5 which has gold foil stamping, called blocking, emblazoned on the spine and is protected by an attractive removable dust cover. The paper is high quality 30-lb lightweight bone white stock called Rampart Opaque. This type of paper allows the dark black text done in Swift font to be more legible and pleasing to the eye. The pages are thumb indexed and have attractive blue speckling on the outside edges.
This dictionary is of such a high quality both in content and construction, that it should be considered a mandatory reference book in every Canadian home, classroom, library and office.
Two other fine Canadian dictionaries are the:
IP Nelson; and
Gage.
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary was written by five Canadian lexicographers and originally published in June 1998. Wordsmiths regard this work as the Cadillac of Canadian dictionaries and the foremost authority on current Canadian English. It encompasses 130,000 entries, including 2,000 Canadian words, 500 Canadian regionalisms, 1,200 Canadian place names, 800 Canadian biographies and 300 Aboriginal people and cultural entries.
The book is well bound, with an Oxford blue hardcover made of a synthetic material called Kivar 5 which has gold foil stamping, called blocking, emblazoned on the spine and is protected by an attractive removable dust cover. The paper is high quality 30-lb lightweight bone white stock called Rampart Opaque. This type of paper allows the dark black text done in Swift font to be more legible and pleasing to the eye. The pages are thumb indexed and have attractive blue speckling on the outside edges.
This dictionary is of such a high quality both in content and construction, that it should be considered a mandatory reference book in every Canadian home, classroom, library and office.
Two other fine Canadian dictionaries are the:
IP Nelson; and
Gage.
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