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review 2016-09-21 00:00
Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary - Oxford Dictionaries,Susan Rennie,Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl I love Roald Dahl because thanks to him and Johnny Depp with his spectacular Willy Wonka I discovered Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and an imaginary world interesting and captivating. I read all the Wonka books and I continued with many others as well.

So I requested without any kind of hesitation apart a Road Dahl biography for trying to understand much better who this author was in real life, The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary by Susan Rennie and Roald Dahl published by the Oxford University Press thinking just later...

Bloody hell, I am italian and now?

When I opened this dictionary at first I was a bit "scared."

Well, I can tell you I would have wanted a similar italian or English or Latin or Greek or french dictionary like this one!

It's truly truly, truly funny, humorous, and your children will fall in love for it.

It is completely colored, funny, thanks to Quentin Black's illustrations and captivating. Thanks to a lot of anecdotes, stories, new words created by Dahl your children will learn with joy and happiness not just the most common English words, but also other funny new ones inserted in Dahl's books. Dahl was a creative like PG Wodehouse.

So be careful when they will speak to you after that they will have read this dictionary. Maybe they will use Dahl's words...
You can't never know..

So, dear parent don't worry, be hopscotchy! ;-) and buy this dictionary without any kind of perplexities to your children. Money very well spent trust me because, for once, I can tell you this, they will open the dictionary with love and curiosity and they will read it with interest!

I thank NetGalley for this book.
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review 2016-09-05 23:45
First Dictionary
The American Heritage First Dictionary - American Heritage Dictionaries

It is important to begin using dictionaries as soon as possible with young learners.  I would be certain to have a dictionary like this one available to any kindergarten through fifth grade class.  It would be optimal to have one per student or at least one per every two to three students. 

With the youngest of learners, they can simply be introduced to what a dictionary is!  A great activity is for them to copy words for the letter of the week or the letter the class is most focused on.  For example, if a class is working on writing certain letters, have the students look for five words that begin with those letters and copy them into their journals.  Then, ask the students to draw a picture for each of those words they chose.  This is a great reading and writing activity although it seems so simple. 

grade level equivalent: 2.7
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review 2015-08-18 08:56
Word Mysteries and Histories: From Quiche to Humble Pie - Robert Claiborne,American Heritage Dictionaries,Barry Moser

I love reading about the histories of words, the etymology of language, especially in English since it's my mother tongue.


This book is almost 30 years out of date, however, and I obtained it through a strange series of happenstance. The black and, well, cream colored wood engraving print illustrations by Barry Moser are beautiful and I am very tempted to cut or copy them out and frame them on a wall. The choice of words explained are interesting, and some of the stories are interesting, but most are about as dry as I remember my linguistics textbook being. It's better suited to being a coffee table book for the academically inclined guest in my opinion, and I'll probably keep it just for that reason.

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review 2014-10-13 00:00
Boomboxes & Dictionaries
Boomboxes & Dictionaries - the_misfortun... Boomboxes & Dictionaries - the_misfortune_teller I still think Stiles was an ass in these. A month after their hookup, Derek shows up at Stiles' college. More sex, more fighting, and Stiles FINALLY admits that he wants to try a relationship with Derek.

Series says more is to come, but as it's been over a year, I'm not holding my breath on that one.
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url 2014-03-14 19:46
New words added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford Dictionary of English - Angus Stevenson

Cross-posted on Soapboxing


The OED has published a huuuuge list of new words and usages, and it is good. Cue a raft of op-eds decrying the death of the English language, but those people can suck it. The list seems to sort itself out into the usual categories:


Overlooked and now obsolete words that are now getting recorded. Maybe obsolete is too harsh, but I imagine the heyday for the word beatboxer (n) was back when Biz Markie was a thing. (Men in Black 3 doesn't count.) The scimitar-horned oryx (n) is straight up extinct. 


Sciency (n) techno-words that describe something that is meaningful only to people with very specific letters after their names. Observe: dichloromethane (n), ethoxylated (adj), quadrupla (n and adj). Bonus points on that last for starting with a Q. Too bad it's too long to be a good Scrabble dictionary word, which is having its own round of OMGs after Scrabble opened submissions to the hoi polloi


Academicese. There's a whole lists of words that start with the prefix ethno-, as well as variations on the term hegemony. My favorite of the last group is hegemonicon (n). (We're going to fill the Hegemonicon with mud, mud, mud! Kids under twelve get in for free!) 


Why wasn't this in the OED before? Scissor-kick (n), demonizing (v), empath (n). In regards to empath, it's possible I watch too much science fiction. 


Foreign loan words: vato (n), shvitz (n and v), ese (n). Warms my heart to see some Yiddish. Some of these dovetail into the next, somewhat bullshit category of words which is...


Slang. This is where all the op-eds bemoaning the end of civilization come from. Slang seems to be an  iffy catch-all, referring to words like profanity, or words spoken by discounted groups of people - racial minorities, the poors - or just words coming out of youth culture. People seem to lose their shit about the last two, but slide more on the first. Given how old most swears are, there's really no way to argue that they're going to ruin Christmas if they haven't already.


There are four- four! - variations on the word cunt, in addition to three new sub entries on the c-bomb. There is also the utterly charming cunnilingue (n), which I assume means what I think it means. Also bestie (n). There don't seem to be the kinds of words that really get people into a tizzy such as netspeak, textspeak, or acronym words (like lol or wtf), so maybe this time the op-eds will be more muted.


I once got in a hugely stupid fight on facebook about the acronym word when a friend of mine blubbered about wtf making it into the OED. But that's an acronym, not a real word! Okay, sure, except for thousands of military words - they love their acronyms when things get fubar and they go awol - a lot of tech words - scuba and laser - and all kinds of organizations like Nabisco or the Gestapo (which is a funny juxtaposition.) The dictionary is not Miss Manners, nor is it a style guide. Use it wisely. 


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