Academic journal article et Cetera

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

Academic journal article et Cetera

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

This latest edition of the American Heritage Dictionary features over 10,000 new words that have found their way into the language; 4,000 color photographs, illustrations, and maps; contributions from a 200 member usage panel of experts; and a CD-ROM that contains all the text of the bound book, with less art. It also contains the words retired from the third edition. (You can also purchase the CD-ROM separately.)

The following list contains some of the new words that are included in this updated 200,000 word dictionary:

social and political: empty nest syndrome, sex offender, shopaholic, transgendered, yuppify

computers and the Internet: domain name, dot-com, intranet, taskbar, URL, zine

medicine and physiology: acid reflux, ADHD, mad cow disease, transfatty acid, body mass index

sports: bodyboard, clap skate, cross-train, five hole, trash talk, wallyball

general: benign neglect, control freak, in-your-face, plain vanilla, reality check, wake-up call, workfare, wuss, nanny state, reverse mortgage

geographical: Belarus, Chechnya, Kosovo, Nunavut

biographical: William Henry Gates, Garry Kasparov, Janet Reno, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell

The dictionary also features engaging Notes dealing with word histories, word usage, and many other appropriate topics. …

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