Pocket Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus Paperback – Jun 5 2010
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I was utterly deflated when I opened the box and discovered that it is so much larger than the version I have from 1997. Granted, I did not read the dimensions in the description, so it's partially my fault. Still, "Pocket" is clearly displayed in the title. You'll never come close to fitting this into a pocket--not that I ever did the other one. But my version fit so snugly into my backpack that I never even knew it was there, until I needed it. This one is just too big for that, and I was highly disappointed.
I must answer complaints that the text is too small: no, it's not. The text size is the same or larger than previous version. That's probably why the book is so much larger.
With over 140,000 words, phrases, and definitions, you will have most of the definitions you need, and then some. I have used this with P.G. Wodehouse to translate some slightly dated terms with no problem. I have found that dictionaries with less than 120,000 definitions are often missing some important words.
The paperback cover is good quality and seems very durable. The pages are a good weight. The text, fonts and layout are all very, very easy to read - clearly, modern typography has been used.
The dictionary utilized a very easy to use pronunciation key for each word. It isn't anywhere near as complex as IPA. I found I can read the key and get the correct pronunciation without consulting any guide. SHould you need one, however, it is available.
I particularly like the etymology of the words, which is an Oxford feature and available for most of the words.
It is not really "pocket" sized. It is more like book-bag sized. Still, it is quite portable to cary while still maintaing a useable size for your desk.
Clear, modern typography and layout
140,000 words, phrases, and definitions - perfect middle ground for most uses
Etymology given for many words
Easy to use pronunciation key
Not really pocket