The Facts on File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
The Facts on File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

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Annotation: Provides pronunciations, origins, and meanings for words and phrases from foreign sources, ranging from everyday terms to words in the news and the specialized languages of cooking, music, the arts, and the law.
Catalog Number: #3929020
Format: Library Binding
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Facts On File
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: xvii, 469 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8160-7035-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-8160-7035-0
Dewey: 422
LCCN: 2007029711
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
For an editor who undertakes to compile a dictionary of this kind, there is no shortage of material; quite the opposite, in fact. So, it isn't stretching a point to say that quality lies as much in what is selected as in what is omitted, and cannot be judged by weight or volume. Indeed, Manser's volume will look unsubstantial alongside some of the other contenders for space on the foreign-words-and-phrases shelf. But its size reflects singularly good judgment on his part, certainly not editorial sloth. Anyone familiar with collections of this kind will readily discern the high degree of selectivity reflected in its entries and the advantages of its design, which is manifestly clean and inviting, with generous line spacing and without gimmicky distractions. In addition to definitions, dictionary entries provide pronunciation, etymology, part of speech, examples, and shortened or derived forms. The index lists words alphabetically and by language as well, a benefit to users seeking words from a specific language, nationality, or region. Some 500 new entries appear in this second edition, the editor says, among them words that are being used more frequently in contemporary English, such as retro and sudoku, as well as more prefixes and suffixes.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up The more than 4500 words and expressions in this update of the 2002 edition are those that are used unchanged, or almost unchanged, from their source language. Notable among the 500 new entries are fresh adoptions such as sudoku and an increased number of prefixes and suffixes. Entries include idioms (the French homme moyen sensual , "the man in the street"); scientific terms (the Latin nucleus , "kernel"); gastronomic terminology (the Italian farfalle, "butterflies"); religious terms ( swami , from the Sanskrit for "master" or "lord"); legal and political terms ( apparatchik , from the Russian for "political machine"), and many other words and phrases. The short entries include an American-English pronunciation guide; the language of origin; the part of speech; a direct translation; the meaning as used in English; and, in many cases, an illustrative quote. Cross-references guide readers where a word may have alternate spellings. Some entries are obscure but many are words that are heavily used. Though a helpful listing by tongue shows that English has been influenced by many different languages, including some "smaller" ones (Narragansett, Basque), it also serves to illustrate bias, as it is obvious that Latin, French, German, and Italian dominate. Still, this is a captivating title to browse. Henrietta Thornton-Verma, School Library Journal
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Praise for the previous edition:This book is a must for writers, editors, students, and language lovers. It is also an irresistible resource for browsers and the curious.—American Reference Books AnnualA valuable resource for students, writers, and readers...—ChoiceRecommended for larger public libraries.—Library JournalRalph Waldo Emerson once described the English language as the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven. We dip into this sea more often than we realize, sprinkling our writings and everyday conversations with words and phrases derived from other languages. The Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases, Second Edition presents information on the origins and usage of more than 4,500 of these expressions.This invaluable dictionary clarifies and explains words and phrases spanning a wide range of fields, from law and music to philosophy and cuisine. Entries include pronunciations in American English, parts of speech and other relevant grammatical information, languages of origin, concise definitions, examples of use, and etymological backgrounds. More than 500 entries have been added to this edition.New and updated coverage includes:
Terms that have become more frequently used in contemporary English, such as retro and sudoku
More prefixes and suffixes, such as eco- and -fest
Terms relating to food, such as panini, burrito, provolone, and wasabi
Terms relating to religions, such as Veda
Miscellaneous new terms, such as dreck, madrasa, and tort
and much more.

This invaluable dictionary clarifies and explains words and phrases spanning a wide range of fields, from law and music to philosophy and cuisine. Entries include details on pronunciation, languages of origin, concise definitions, example of use, and etymological backgrounds.

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