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The Australian Oxford dictionary / edited by Bruce Moore.

Contributor(s): Moore, Bruce, 1947-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Oxford University Press, 1999ISBN: 0-19-550793-2.Subject(s): English language -- Australia -- Dictionaries | Australianisms -- Dictionaries
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Reference REF 423 AUS Not For Loan I1643144
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The publisher's blurb gets it right: this "is a major new dictionary for all Australians." It is difficult to imagine an appropriate audience for it in the US. Most US libraries will prefer The Australian National Dictionary (CH, Jul'89), a dictionary of a national vocabulary containing etymologies and illustrative quotations. What Moore includes that might be of interest are brief entries on encyclopedic topics identifying historical figures and the like. Most would be included in encyclopedic dictionaries and are neither numerous nor detailed enough on Australian topics to justify acquisition in the US. Entries that may be unique are those reporting recent Australian slang words. For specific information about Australia, most libraries would want either Collins Australian Encyclopedia (CH, Jul'85), which though now dated is the most complete single-volume title, or the Australian Geographic Society's monumental The Australian Encyclopedia (6th ed., 8v., 1995), which is the preferred title. D. S. Azzolina University of Pennsylvania

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