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New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors

  • The classic A to Z guide for everyone who works with words
  • Features 25,000 words and phrases that commonly cause difficulties for writers and editors
  • Provides recommended spellings, variant forms, US spellings, confusable words, foreign italicized terms, cultural references, and proper names
  • Excellent appendices for quick reference: Prime Ministers of Great Britain and the United Kingdom; Presidents of the United States of America; Members of the European Union; the Greek alphabet; Diacritics, accents, and special sorts; Mathematical symbols; SI units; Metric prefixes; Chemical elements
  • Drawing on the unrivalled research of Oxford Dictionaries
  • Endorsed by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  • Small handbook format and clear layout make it the ideal desk companion

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Aug 2014 | Edition: 2 | #212935 | ISBN-13: 9780199570010
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About this book

The New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors is the essential A to Z guide for everyone who works with words. Drawing on the expertise of the Oxford Dictionaries department, it provides authoritative advice on those words and names which raise questions time after time because of spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, and cultural or historical context. As well as lexical terms, there are many proper names included: from place names and personal names to names of institutions, literary references, and books of the Bible. Entries give full coverage of recommended spellings, variant forms, confusable words, hyphenation, capitalization, foreign and specialist terms, proper names, and abbreviations. It is an essential tool for writers, editors, publishers, journalists, and web editors, and together with New Hart's Rules and the New Oxford Spelling Dictionary forms the complete editorial reference set.

Reviews from the previous edition

"For anybody working on a newspaper or magazine which does not have its own style book, for any author, for any freelance writer, this should be the first book on the shelf. It will stop you making an ass of yourself."
– John Jenkins, Writers' Forum

"Something of a bible [...] for printers in search of guidance."
East Anglian Daily Times


- Preface
- Guide to the dictionary
- Abbreviations used in the dictionary
- A to Z
- Prime Ministers of Great Britain and of the United Kingdom
- Presidents of the United States of America
- Members of the European Union
- Greek alphabet
- Diacritics, accents, and special sorts
- Mathematical symbols
- SI units
- Metric prefixes
- Chemical elements

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