Identifythe Title, Edition, and Date of Publication of Your Dictionary:
Meanings. What determines the order of listings of the different senses that your dictionary presents for a given word? – The alphabetical order of the headword.
Wheredid you locate this information in your dictionary? – At theintroduction section.
Abbreviations. Where does your dictionary explain the abbreviations that it uses? In the introduction part
Giveyour dictionary’s explanation for each of the bold abbreviationsfollowing these entries:
run, tr.: translation or translating
no how, Non-Standard: word that does not conform to vocabulary, pronunciation or grammar among other English functions.
Love, Idiom: a meaning that a certain combination of words gives and it cannot be deduced from the individual words that make it. Eg. Fall in love – to have passionate feelings towards another person.
ow, Interj.: a short form for interjection, which is a an exclamation word that helps to express the sentiment of a speaker.
Pronunciation. Using your dictionary, type out, by syllable, each of the words listed below. Insert accent marks (’) where they belong. Locate pronunciation tables or lists in your dictionary and determine the pronunciations for each word. When you have no access to a correct symbol to type in, just explain the symbol and pronunciation, best you can.
Insert (and be able to pronounce) the plural forms of the following words (Stevenson):
index: Indices – /ˈindiˌsēz/
datum: data – /ˈdadə,ˈdādə/
Etymology. The derivation, or origin, of a word often furnishes a literal meaning that helps us to remember the word. For each of the following words, give the source, the original word, and the original meaning.
Nefarious(adj):the word originated from the Latin word nefarius in 1600 century thatmeans “impious, wicked or abominable”. It combines two Latinwords ‘nefas’ (impiety, crime or wrong” and ‘ne’ – (not) +fas (lawful, right, divinely spoken), which is also associated withfari “that means to talk” (OxfordEnglish Dictionary).
Pseudonym(n.): introduced in English in 1828. It is partially derived fromthe French pseudonyme(adj.) and German pseudonym.However, the Greekpseudonymos that means having a bogus name is the oldest meaning ofthe word. Pseudes(pseudo) means “false” while onyma (Aeolic pronunciation foronoma which means “name”) (OxfordEnglish Dictionary).
Androgynous:originated from the Latin word “androgynus” in the 1620s. Theterm is an adjective that means a combination of male and female intoone or hermaphrodite or womanish man. Androsis a root name for the aner“male” + gyne which means “woman” (OxfordEnglish Dictionary).
Special Labels. Sometimes terms (or certain meanings) have precautionary or explanatory labels, such as Archaic or Colloquial. What special usage label did you find for one meaning of each term below?
chicken feed: an unimportant quantity of cash
cool it: stop being so tense
doodad: something that has not been specified
highfalutin: pretentious or exaggerated
Usage Notes. What Usage Note does your dictionary give following its definitions of the following words?
flammable: flammable, inflammable, combustible
irregardless: irrespective or without fail
Man: when referring to male and adult human beings or masculine things associated with men
Protagonist: The champion advocating for the right cause (often used in movies, novels and plays).
Get: used when one is about to win, gain, earn or receive something
Some dictionaries provide an enormous amount of information others are less generous. See how yours "stacks up" in the following section.
Who was Beowulf? He is a hero from Geats Scandinavia who is described in an ancient English poem known by a similar title.
What is Constantinople now called? – Istanbul
Whatis its original name? Byzantium
Whereis it located? Modern day Turkey
Does your dictionary have a section on the History of the English Language? Yes it has a section before in the foreword section that describes the English history.
What is the meaning of your first name? Not Applicable
What is the weather symbol for a cold front?
What is the astronomical symbol for a comet?
What is the mathematical symbol for infinity?
OxfordEnglish Dictionary (7th ed). Oxford Publishers Limited, London, UK.2005. Print.
Stevenson,Angus. OxfordDictionary of English.New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010. Print.
Jones,Ryan. InternetSlang Dictionary: [an Authoritative Guide to Understanding InternetLingo].S.I.: NoSlang.com, 2006. Print.
Fletcher,Beverly. Tapworks:A Tap Dictionary and Reference Manual (2nded).Hightstown, N.J: Princeton Book Co, 2002. Print.