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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th ed. ed. by Joseph Pickett and Steve Kleinedler (review)

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th ed. ed. by Joseph Pickett and Steve... The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th ed. Joseph Pickett, Executive Editor, and Steve Kleinedler, Supervising Editor. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. Pp. xxviii + 2,084. $60.00. ISBN 978-0-547-04101-8 "Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true." -- Samuel Johnson, Letter to Francesco Sastres (August 21, 1784) r. Johnson had it right, in essence. Yet, there is a saving grace for dictionary publishers: the opportunity to prepare a revised edition. If sales of the first and subsequent editions demonstrate that there is a market that will deliver a profit, there is a strong chance that another edition will be called for. Then the staff of lexicographers, proofreaders, designers, illustrators, and managers can be maintained, with an excellent chance that the dictionary will be revised, corrected, and updated, such that it may come to go quite true. The publisher of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language secured a solid market from the time of the first edition in 1969. That edition, edited by William Morris, was a bold departure in American lexicography. Beyond its distinctive page design and innovative use http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th ed. ed. by Joseph Pickett and Steve Kleinedler (review)

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th ed. Joseph Pickett, Executive Editor, and Steve Kleinedler, Supervising Editor. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. Pp. xxviii + 2,084. $60.00. ISBN 978-0-547-04101-8 "Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true." -- Samuel Johnson, Letter to Francesco Sastres (August 21, 1784) r. Johnson had it right, in essence. Yet, there is a saving grace for dictionary publishers: the opportunity to prepare a revised edition. If sales of the first and subsequent editions demonstrate that there is a market that will deliver a profit, there is a strong chance that another edition will be called for. Then the staff of lexicographers, proofreaders, designers, illustrators, and managers can be maintained, with an excellent chance that the dictionary will be revised, corrected, and updated, such that it may come to go quite true. The publisher of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language secured a solid market from the time of the first edition in 1969. That edition, edited by William Morris, was a bold departure in American lexicography. Beyond its distinctive page design and innovative use

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Jan 6, 2013

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