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Readership: The general reader who is interested in words, and who would like to explore their history, origins, and development with more confidence. Readers of books such as Balderdash and Piffle and Damp Squid. Students of English language and literature.
"For anyone interested in dictionaries, and in getting the best out of them, this is an excellent little text: ideal for library and science students and novices at the enquiry desk." - Bob Ducket, Reference Reviews Journal
1: But is it in the dictionary?
2: Unlocking the wordhoard
3: The art of interrogation: what questions to ask
4: The art of exploration (i): where to look for answers
5: The art of exploration (ii): how to look for answers
6: Interpreting the evidence: understanding what we have found
7: Over to you: building up your own word files as a word explorer
8: Afterword - 'Oranges are not the only fruit': an examination of satsuma and related terms to illustrate the range of possibilities for exploration
Pathways of English
Overview of Dictionary History
Where to Look: a selection of online resources
Key tips for online research