How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

25 terms

Ch. 1

STUDY
PLAY
Business English
the study of language fundamentals needed to communicate effectively in today's workplace.
Thesaurus
reference book with a collection of synonyms and antonyms
Antonyms
Words with opposite meanings
Synonyms
words with similar meanings
Etymology
word history
Dictionary
alphabetical list of words with their definitions.
Pocket Dictionary
small dictionary that contains no more than 75,000 entries
College Leve Dictionary
dictionary that contains over 170,000 entries plus extra features
Unabridged Dictionary
a complete dictionary
Abridged Dictionary
ex. pocket or college dictionaries, shortened or condensed dictionaries
Copyright Date
the year the book was published
Introduction
instructions in the beginning of the dictionary
Guide Words
boldface type at the top of the page indicating the first and last entries on that page
Diacritical Marks
special symbols that help you pronounce words correctly.
Accent
refers to the syllable of a word that gets the most emphasis or stress when you pronouce it
Usage Labels
warn readers about the use of certain words
Lexicographers
those who make dictionaries
Electronic Dictionary
or spell checker compares your typed words with those in the computers memory
Reference Manual
contains useful information not available in the dictionary
Archaic
words surviving from a previous period
Colloquial
words used in casual writing or conversation but not in formal speech ex. how come
Slang
very informal words that quickly go out of fashion
Nonstandard
words not conforming to usage among educated speakers ex. ain't
Dialect
words used in certain countries or regions ex. fixing
Inflected
when nouns, adverbs or adjectives change form grammatically ex. child, children