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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|