Books, writing, reading, words and images. I love them; do you?

Finding the #Write #Words? No. 9 Collins English Dictionary

Continuing the description of books on words in the list from post 1, which you’ll find here.

Book 9: Collins English Dictionary

On with the info.

Hardback, 1786 pages, including four appendices; Weights and Measures, Chemical Elements, The Plant Kingdom, and The Animal Kingdom. It was published by HarperCollins in 1979; my version is the 1998 edition and I can’t recall what I paid for it. The current edition, published by Collins in 2018, has 2336 pages and is available for £22.94 at time of writing (RRP is £40.00)

The book is a standard dictionary with approximately 110,000 entries.

I bought this as an alternative to my preferred English dictionary, the SOED (of which more in a later post).

Opening randomly, at pages 882-883, I find listings from:

‘lean-to n, pl -tos. 1 a roof that has a single slope with its upper edge adjoining a wall or building. 2 a shed or outbuilding with such a roof.’

to

‘Leeds Castle n, a castle near Maidstone in Kent: the home of several medieval queens of England.’

The latter is an illustration of the ambiguity and confusion that often causes English language students frustration: Leeds is best known as a city in Yorkshire, a large northern county many miles from southern Kent, so the castle name appears a misnomer. However, a nearby village in Kent is also called Leeds. You’ll find a useful explanation here.

Students learning the English Language will find help on pronunciation here. And there’s a friendly group on Facebook for those studying the language, which you’ll find here.

Post 2 is here, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7, post 8.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: