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Chapter 15. The Writer's Tools: Round Up... > Using the Dictionary: You Could Look... - Pg. 149

The Writer's Tools: Round Up the Usual Suspects 149 · Full word histories, with the most recent meaning listed last · Extensive lists of synonyms and illustrative quotations · Foreign words and phrases, biographical and geographical names · A manual of style · The American Heritage Dictionary.This dictionary includes about 200,000 entries. It differs from most dictionaries in that it presents the most contemporary meaning of the word first, rather than arranging the meanings historically. Here are some other special features: · Extensive usage notes that reflect the opinions of a panel of language experts · Many photographs, illustrations, and maps · Foreign words · Names of mythological and legendary figures Take My Word for It You will find that several dictionaries claim the name Webster's, after the early American lexicographer Noah Webster. Because his name is in the public domain and not copyrighted, it's fair game for one and all. · The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English.Here's what it includes along with the stand- ard features: · Current usage and illustrative quotations · Many scientific and technical terms · Colloquial and slang expressions · British as well as American spellings There are no pictures. Danger, Will Robinson An old dictionary is like pictures of your high school sweeties--nice to have around but of little practical use. Unless you're a dictionary collector, replace your dictionary every 10 years--if not sooner. · The Random House College Dictionary.With more than 150,000 entries, this is a very complete reference. The most common usage of the word is listed first. Here are the special features: · Informal and slang usage · Synonyms and antonyms · Technical words · A brief manual of style in the back of the book