Magazine article Musical Opinion

Collins English Dictionary

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Collins English Dictionary

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COLLINS ENGLISH DICTIONARY Collins Publishers ISBN 0-00-710982-2 L30

The obvious reason for having a good dictionary is to be able to look up the meaning of words and this new edition of Collins English Dictionary is certainly designed to satisfy most of us in that capacity. Needless to say for Musical Opinion I started by looking for well known words to do with music and was not surprised to find them. However, if you wish to know more than a short and sweet meaning of a word such as Sonata it is obviously advisable to go to a good dictionary of music, such as the Oxford University Press's excellent volume. In the Collins Dictionary you can learn much more about the Symphony and, of course, instructive words such as we find at the heading of individual movements such as allegro, adagio and presto and their ilk well defined for the music loving layman.

What I enjoyed leafing through the 1872 pages at random were the deliciously quirky words which I can add to my Scrabble vocabulary. I did find myself selecting a dozen or so of these and considering setting them to music as an off the beaten track English vocabulary Oratorio.

There is every good reason to update a Dictionary regularly, not least among them, to ensure that with a living and evolving language like English, to be able to keep pace with it. …

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