The Oxford Dictionary for the Business World

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Combining a concise, up-to-date dictionary of everyday English and comprehensive coverage of business and computing terms, the Oxford Dictionary for the Business World is a unique one-stop reference for all business professionals. In addition to a 65,000 entry dictionary covering questions of everyday spelling, meaning, pronunciation, and usage, the ODBW includes 8,000 special entries on key business terms and abbreviations. The dictionary contains information on the world's countries and major cities, including economic profiles, and there is also a 48-page section containing essential travel information, world statistics, and tips on compiling business presentations, charts, and graphs.

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This wonderful new addition to the world of business dictionaries has somewhat of a British slant but will prove valuable to libraries, students, and the general public, as well as the business community. Emphasizing business and computing terms, it includes many words in general use, including slang and colloquialisms, and new words entering the language such as fatwa and wannabe. Besides providing meaning, pronunciation, and correct usage for words, special entries for countries of the world include currency, exchange rate, inflation, GDP or GNP, official languages, current political leaders, and population. Both formal business terms (e.g., terminal market, par value) and informal (e.g., Lady Macbeth strategy, shark watcher) are covered, plus such abbreviations as NAFTA and CAT. Some common American terms are found only under British equivalents: checking account is defined under cheque account with no cross-reference, and IRA is the Irish Republican Army, with no mention of Individual Retirement Accounts. In addition, profiles of selected business people recently in the news, like Rupert Murdoch and Estee Lauder, are included, but again with an emphasis on the British.

Eight appendixes complete the volume; again, some will prove valuable to American users while some, such as Royal Mail Services, will be useful only to those doing business in the UK. This inexpensive, up-to-date dictionary will be an asset to any library that purchases it, even with its British slant.

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This new volume aims to give business people a quick source for checking the spelling, meaning, pronunciation, and correct usage of approximately 50,000 terms. Though it claims to offer comprehensive treatment of business, finance, computing, and geographic terms with the added benefit of defining abbreviations, there isn't enough computer terminology to justify the claim and there aren't enough business terms to compete with better and less expensive business dictionaries. The geographic coverage is wildly uneven and very poorly focused. Does the business world need a definition of the missionary position? Or a haystack or a kookaburra? This might be an adequate general dictionary for a Commonwealth country, but it is definitely not recommended as a business dictionary.
Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Tech. Coll. Lib., La Crosse
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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