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  • Paperback: 1240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Second Edition edition (March 23 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195424395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195424393
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary was launched with a fanfare of hype that is unusual for a utilitarian reference book. Its inclusion of distinctively Canadian entries (yes, two-four, hoser, double-double, and Wawa are all here) launched a thousand lighthearted radio clips. Its tremendous utility as a reference work, however, wasn't touted on the morning shows. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary has been the standard reference work on English as it is spoken and written in Canada since it was first published in 1998. It is the dictionary of choice for nearly every newspaper, broadcaster, magazine, and publishing house in the country. It's a mandatory purchase for any Canadian whose life or living is dependent on the written word, and belongs in every Canadian library.

This new edition adds a number of revisions--some large, some tiny. A new clutch of Canada-specific words has been introduced, and the biographies and geographical notes have been revised and expanded. These goodies are pleasing enough, but they don't explain why every Canadian who writes will need this dictionary: it's the single most essential document of Canadian English, a language that is neither British nor American. There is more to this distinction than colour versus color, or centre versus center--there are a thousand tiny inflections of spelling and usage, many of which are being eroded by International English, especially as it is enforced by Microsoft spell-checking routines. The dictionary's preferred usage toes the Canadian line, but in a passive way. In many cases, Americanisms are presented without comment as accepted variations, not intrusions.

Best of all, this is a dictionary of the living language. A good dictionary lags about five years behind street-level slang and races 40 years ahead of linguistic pedants, and the editors at Oxford University Press have found this sweet spot. Alongside the much-touted Canadian words, browsers will find hip-hop slang, computerese, political euphemisms, and marketing jargon. There may not be enough that's truly new to this edition to justify the purchase price for casual readers and writers who already own the first edition. But even writers who couldn't care less about nouns that end with "ice" and verbs that end with "ise" will find the Canadian Oxford Dictionary useful as a comprehensive guide to the English of the day--at least, as it is spoken in the north of North America. --Jack Illingworth --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This new edition of the well-received Canadian Oxford Dictionary (COD), published in 1998, includes many additions to Canadian and standard English. The preface states that more than 5,000 new words have been added, particularly in the information technology and alternative medicine fields. More than 200 new Canadian terms have also been identified and added; altogether, the dictionary defines 2,200 Canadian words and senses.

As with the previous edition, definitions are arranged so that the meaning most familiar to Canadians comes first. New to this edition are preferred word breaks and parts of speech that are written in full instead of being abbreviated. Part of the fun in a guide to Canadian English is checking the differences between standard American and Canadian pronunciations and spellings: schedule is pronounced skedule and red is a color on the American side of the border, but schedule and colour prevail on the Canadian side. Chesterfield, gold eye, jam buster, and other Canadian expressions and words will be found here, as will new words and terms known more widely, such as supersize and weapon of mass destruction. The COD also includes short entries for proper nouns and names of more than 1,400 Canadian places and 850 Canadian people as well as people and geographical locations from around the world. Like the first edition, the second concludes with several appendixes: a six-page style guide, a list of the prime ministers and governors general of Canada, weights and measures (Canada measures using the metric system), a short history of the English language, and the Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, and Russian alphabets.

The COD is a must for any U.S. library close to the Canadian border and for academic institutions with Canadian studies programs (or programmes). 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. Terri Tomchyshyn
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott on Sept. 24 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a freelance writer and editor, I find it hard to believe that I ever got along without this dictionary. Buy it, add the Chicago Manual of Style and The Canadian Style, and you've got an answer to almost any spelling or style question. Oh, and buy The Elements of Style if you want to know how to write.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bigdoddy on Jan. 12 2012
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Just as expected-no surprises.The backs are a bit flimsy but
the price is very good. The paper is a bit thin but this makes
for a compact volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P@M C. on Nov. 11 2011
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For editors, writers, publishers, students, and businesspeople, The Canadian Oxford Dictionary is the gold standard. It contains thousands of unique Canadian spellings and regionalisms, distinguishes between Canadian and/or British and U.S. usage, and provides specific usage examples within many definitions. Furthermore, you can't beat Amazon's 37 percent price savings with free Super-Saver shipping and speedy delivery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sparkle on June 1 2014
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I love words and was excited when I received my new dictionary. It was larger than I thought it would be but not overly so. The words are easy to find, the definitions are understandable, and the soft cover allows it to open easy. I'm getting the Thesaurus to match.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By leslie lewis on Sept. 14 2013
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I'm glad I have it I just wish I could have in one screen. It does not come up and I find that frustrating.
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Love the product.Clear and decisive explanations and descriptions .Great for anyone wanting to expand their
use of and understanding of the English vernacular. Great resource and a very reasonable price.
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I gave it as a present to my friend and he really likes it. Good format and well worth buying...
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By Mona on Oct. 27 2013
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Very nice sized book. Excellent condition. Good paper and printing. Important for Canadian writers. Love the fine onion skin paper. Keeps the book light and traditional.
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