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Q: Best Computer Dictionary ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Best Computer Dictionary
Category: Computers
Asked by: jerryl-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 24 Aug 2003 11:34 PDT
Expires: 23 Sep 2003 11:34 PDT
Question ID: 248231
What is the best dictionary on DVD or CD

Request for Question Clarification by feilong-ga on 24 Aug 2003 12:53 PDT
"Best" is determined by one's own preference. What is best for some
may not be the  best for others. Are you looking for a researcher's
personal recommendation?

Clarification of Question by jerryl-ga on 24 Aug 2003 17:11 PDT
I am looking for a very good unabridge dictionary. One that would be
equivalent to the best hard cover unabridge dictionary.

Request for Question Clarification by ephraim-ga on 24 Aug 2003 18:45 PDT
What price range are you looking for? The "best" dictionary on CD-ROM isn't cheap.


Request for Question Clarification by ephraim-ga on 24 Aug 2003 18:46 PDT
Let me clarify my above comment: What I have in mind is in the $300
range, and completely unabridged.


Clarification of Question by jerryl-ga on 24 Aug 2003 19:03 PDT
Something under $200

Clarification of Question by jerryl-ga on 24 Aug 2003 19:04 PDT
$300 will be fine
Subject: Re: Best Computer Dictionary
Answered By: ephraim-ga on 24 Aug 2003 19:39 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars

The best hardcover unabridged English language dictionary is the
Oxford English Dictionary. The 20-volume printed set retails for $895
according to [ ]. This web
page hypes the product as follows:

"The "greatest work in dictionary making ever undertaken" (The New
York Times) celebrates its 75th anniversary

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the magnificent Oxford English
Dictionary. Begun in 1857, published in ten volumes in 1928, and
subsequently revised, expanded to 20 volumes, and adapted to the
electronic age, the OED has become the most venerated English language
reference ever compiled. For those who use and love language, the OED
has no peer.

With more than 22,000 pages of definitions, nearly 2.5 million
illustrative quotations from writers as disparate as Geoffrey Chaucer
and Erica Jong, William Shakespeare and Raymond Chandler, Charles
Darwin and Quentin Tarantino, the OED is a dictionary like no other.
Its entries offer the most authoritative definitions, detailed
information on pronunciation, variant spellings throughout each word's
history, extensive treatment of etymology, and details of area of
usage and of any regional characteristics (including geographical
origins). It is, as Time observed, "a scholarly Everest.""

The CD-ROM edition of the OED is available at [ ] for $295.00. Another
website, [ ]
claims to have this same product on sale for $207.00. I'd recommend
confirming that it is in fact that same product as the more expensive
version. You may also want to try your luck on other discount book

You can find reviews on the OED (both print and CD-ROM editions) on
the following pages:

[ ]

More reviews are available by browsing through the following Google

[ ://
Google Search: reviews + "oxford english dictionary"

Note that most negative reviews of this product complain about its
copy protection software and not about the dictionary itself. Some of
the older reviews apply to an out-of-date version of the product. The
OED itself *is* the best known English reference dictionary available.
If this is a major concern for you, I'll suggest one other dictionary
that is cheaper, but still includes 450,000 definitions. Webster's
Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged can be found on Amazon
here: [
]. Read the reviews and decide for yourself which of these two will
best suit your needs. Note that the first review on the page (when I
pulled it up) compared this product with the OED. The price for
Webster's CD is also much lower than the OED at $48.87.

I hope this helps you. Please ask for clarification if needed.

jerryl-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Best Computer Dictionary
From: johnwyles-ga on 03 Sep 2003 20:14 PDT
I think that the researcher deserved more than 3 stars...
Subject: Re: Best Computer Dictionary
From: alterego-ga on 04 Sep 2003 04:18 PDT
I myself found this information very useful and agree that the answer
was under rated.
Subject: Re: Best Computer Dictionary
From: bondsergey-ga on 24 Jan 2005 14:44 PST
Does OEL has pronunciation of words?
By pronunciation i mean can you actually hear the words and, may be,
record your own pronunciation to compare..
I did not see it on the review pages, so i guess it doen't.
What is the best CD English dictionary with pronunciation?

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