Spring 1967 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 Book ReviewsMarch 1, 1967 |

Over Eight Pounds

The Random House Dictionary Of The English Language. $25.00. The publication of a new "unabridged" dictionary five years after the stormy appearance of Webster's Third New International Dictionary (hereafter W3) obviously calls for a comparison. Is The Random House Dictionary of the English Language (hereafter RHD) the necessary atonement for the sin committed by the Merriam-Webster Company? Or is it an unfortunate backsliding from a great step forward for which our benighted society proved unready? Either point of view invites a display of fireworks. The intermediate attitude—that both books are legitimate and on the whole successful attempts to do rather different jobs for different sets of readers—is not only much duller, but carries the unpleasant suggestion that I am posing as the voice of reason, speaking from above the battle. I can't help it—I can only give my opinion for whatever it is worth. Publishers of unabridged dictionaries like to suggest—though they ar

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