Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 11:21:40 PST From: Joseph Jones Subject: Re: AHD 2nd edition Further to the recent postings on etymology and the American Heritage Dictionary. The first ed. had the appended list of Indo-European roots. The second ed. did not, and the list was published separately, both in paper and hardcover. To indicate the complexity of the interrelationship, I quote from the separate dictionary of Indo-European roots (xxvii): "Every English word in the index is also a main entry in The American Heritage Dictionary: Second College Edition, but not every entry in The American Heritage Dictionary that is of Indo-European ancestry is included in the Dictionary of Indo-European Roots. ... The cross-references between etymologies in The American Heritage Dictionary do, however, enable a user of that Dictionary to find the Indo-European root of any English word of Indo-European derivation." The third ed. again has the appended list of Indo-European roots. Be advised that there are substantial differences between this list and the one associated with the second ed. These differences are not explained, nor are they readily categorized by inspection. This third ed. seems to be currently available for purchase: TITLE: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language EDITION: 3 SOURCE: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, Aug. 1992 STATUS: Active Record ISBN: 0-395-44895-6 Trade Cloth PRICE: USD 45.00 If the interest is etymology, apart from a need for a general dictionary, I would recommend: TITLE: Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology NAMES: Barnhart, Robert K. SOURCE: Bronx : H. W. Wilson, 1988 STATUS: Active Record ISBN: 0-8242-0745-9 Trade Cloth PRICE: USD 64.00 Retail Joseph Jones jjones[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of British Columbia Library