Date: Thu, 1 Feb 1996 03:03:53 PST From: tom creswell Subject: Re: HEL and dictionaries Ellen, Unless you are held up and spend most of the term on OE, Indo-European roots and the like, I would recommend the Merriam-Webster 10th. Definitions are entered in historical order, and thus it is possible to learn a great deal about sense development. Also, there is an excellent frontmatter essay on the English Language.AHD definitions are arranged from what the editors believe to be the most commonly used sense to, I guess, the least common. Tom