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|Subject:||Review of American Dictionaries|
|Question:||I have read many reviews of American dictionaries by non-experts, but do you know of any by experts? I am trying to answer the question: are all American dictionaries equally good, or do professional linguists consider one of them to be the best? In other words, does it really matter which dictionary you use? (I am an editor, and dictionaries are crucial for settling editing wars.)|
|Reply:||I like the Oxford English Dictionary. It has notes for American lexica and usage as well. I would supplement with Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. This will give you the American pronunciations (more or less) as well as some additional American-specific definitions. For entries accompanying illustrations, I would go anywhere except American Heritage. It's just not good enough for this intention.|
|Reply From:||Charley Rowe click here to access email|