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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: Like 2 of my other colleagues, I like the American heritage dictionary for both its
etymologies and usage panels. Note that although Noah Webster did the first
American dictionary with broad appeal, Webster's is not a copyrightable name, and not
all Webster's are of equal quality.
Reply From: Susan D Fischer      click here to access email
 
Date: 01-Apr-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Review of American Dictionaries    John M. Lawler     (01-Apr-2013)
  2. Re: Review of American Dictionaries    James L Fidelholtz     (01-Apr-2013)
  3. Re: Review of American Dictionaries    Charley Rowe     (01-Apr-2013)

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