AUE's old favourite The Encarta World English Dictionary (1999) has been revised, augmented, gimmicked and renamed: say hello to The Bloomsbury English Dictionary!
It hasn't had many reviews yet. The Guardian has some nice words to say about it in its World of Books column (though it was co-operating with Bloomsbury in a high-profile promotion at the time); Michael Quinion just lists its features and notes that the 'over-emphatic flagging of obscene terms remains from the first edition'; and Christopher Howse, writing in the Spectator, hates it as much as he hated its predecessor ('... absurdities ... errors ... ranting ... this ridiculous dictionary, distinguished neither by accuracy nor by good judgment').

Its main innovation is the inclusion of 1,000 common misspellings as headwords, with the correct spellings beside them so that poor spellers can get to where they want to go quickly and easily. Not a bad idea.

http://www.bloomsbury.com/BookCatalog/ProductItem.asp?S=1&sku=22042909

http://www.worldwidewords.org/reviews/re-dic1.htm

Mickwick
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Mickwick wrote on 24 Nov 2004:
AUE's old favourite The Encarta World English Dictionary (1999) has been revised, augmented, gimmicked and renamed: say hello to The ... poor spellers can get to where they want to go quickly and easily. Not a bad idea. http://www.bloomsbury.com/BookCatalog/ProductItem.asp?S=1&sku=22042 909 http://www.worldwidewords.org/reviews/re-dic1.htm

Just thought I'd add this other pertinent info from Quinion's site:

(Bloomsbury English Dictionary, Bloomsbury; Hardback, pp2166; ISBN 0747562431; published 11 October 2004; publisher’s UK price £30.00. There is a separate US edition under the title Encarta Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language; ISBN 1582345104; .00. It is to be published in Australia by Pan Macmillan on 1 November under the title Macquarie International English Dictionary; ISBN 1405036346; A $79.95.)

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There is a separate US edition under the title Encarta Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language ...

Aha! Market research must have shown that the 'Encarta' tag isn't a turn-off in America.

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Michael Quinion just lists its features and notes that the 'over-emphatic flagging of obscene terms remains from the first edition';

That's probably a good marketing feature.
Don't most schoolboys consult dictionaries primarily for the thrill of looking up the dirty words?

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Mickwick wrote on 26 Nov 2004:
There is a separate US edition under the title Encarta Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language ...

Aha! Market research must have shown that the 'Encarta' tag isn't a turn-off in America.

It's a turn-off here in southern Taiwan. I bought the DVD edition and think so little of it after using it a few times that I never use it anymore. A waste of .

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Michael Quinion just lists its features and notes that the 'over-emphatic flagging of obscene terms remains from the first edition';

That's probably a good marketing feature. Don't most schoolboys consult dictionaries primarily for the thrill of looking up the dirty words?

It might look good on the jacket - 'Dirty words emphatically flagged!' - but when they find the words they'll also find a lecture and that might take the fun out of it.

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"Mickwick" wrote in alt.usage.english: That's probably a good marketing feature. Don't most schoolboys consult dictionaries primarily for the thrill of looking up the dirty words?

It might look good on the jacket - 'Dirty words emphatically flagged!' - but when they find the words they'll also find a lecture and that might take the fun out of it.

Are you kidding? Knowing it's bad adds spice for a teenager!

Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA http://oakroadsystems.com
A: Maybe because some people are too annoyed by top-posting. Q: Why do I not get an answer to my question(s)?
A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text. Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
Mickwick wrote on 26 Nov 2004:

Aha! Market research must have shown that the 'Encarta' tag isn't a turn-off in America.

It's a turn-off here in southern Taiwan. I bought the DVD edition and think so little of it after using it a few times that I never use it anymore. A waste of .

On a whim, I bought a CD version of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations last week. I installed it, tried it and uninstalled it within hours. An infuriating piece of software. You can't browse the content, the search options are very basic, you have to click three or four times to display a found quotation, you can't stop the program auto-loading without fiddling with the registry, the program eats up system resources and doesn't spit them out again ... lock-ups, swearing, more swearing, awful.
OK, it was only £10 (else I wouldn't have bought it), and it's probably worth about £10 to someone somewhere, but it gives the OUP a bad name, I reckon.

Mickwick
Mickwick wrote on 26 Nov 2004: It's a turn-off here ... that I never use it anymore. A waste of .

On a whim, I bought a CD version of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations last week. I installed it, tried ... it), and it's probably worth about £10 to someone somewhere, but it gives the OUP a bad name, I reckon.

For me they got that after I realized the tiniest of virtually invisible scratches, for I handle CDs most gingerly, will make the copy-protection routines on the OED CD think your disk is not valid. Even the girl there, after charging me £25 for a replacement disk, admitted they'd had loads of complaints about their disks.
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