Encarta World English Dictionary for Windows 1st Edition (1999)
English doesn't belong to England--or any other country--any more. It's a global language now, a lingua franca with more than 1.5 billion speakers, readers and writers, so it's about time our reference shelves caught up with reality. The Encarta World English Dictionary, spawn of the popular Microsoft CD-ROM and Internet reference products, covers this new development in the language thoroughly and efficiently, creating a reference tool for anyone hooked into the new global culture. From the basics (American, British, Australian) to the fringes of English distribution in Africa and Asia, the Encarta team track variant spellings, meanings and pronunciations in more than 100,000 entries comprising some 3.5 million words. If, for example, your Asian correspondent asks you for your "biodata," you can quickly and painlessly learn that she needs your curriculum vitae. Its streamlined entry style emphasises quick absorption of each word's meaning; still, browsers and researchers are rewarded with etymological and lexicographical information rivalling that found in its competitors. More than 3,000 black-and-white illustrations and 10,000 biographical and geographical entries spanning the centuries (from Gerry Adams to Zoroaster) round out the dictionary and provide depth. With all these features, Encarta World English Dictionary lives up to its promise as a reference tool for our postmodern one-world future. --Rob Lightner
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