A Sampling of
This is a sampling of different kinds of dictionaries, most of which are available in the reference section of the Hewes Library at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois. This document was placed on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students in CLAS224 Word Elements at Monmouth College. If you have any questions about this document, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dictionary of the English language.
Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. London: Times Books, 1979. Notes Reprint of the 1755 ed. printed by W. Strahan, London.
Foreign Language Dictionaries
Oxford Latin Dictionary.
Glare, P. G. W. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University
Press, 1982, c1968-c1982.
Asimov, Isaac. Words from History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968.
Morris, William, and Mary Morris. Dictionary of word and phrase origins. . New York: Harper & Row. 2nd ed. . Ref. PE1580 .M6 1988
Shipley, Joseph Twadell, Dictionary of word origins. New York: The Philosophical Library 
Adams, Ramon F.
Western Words; a dictionary of the American West Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press 
Adeleye, Gabriel and Kofi Acquah-Dadzie.
World Dictionary of Foreign Expressions: A Resource for Readers and Writers,
edited by Thomas J. Sienkewicz. Wauconda, Ill.: Bolchazy-Carducci, 1999.
American Heritage English as a Second Language
Dictionary. Boston: Houghton
Mifflin Co., 1998. Ref PE1628
Blevins, Winfred. Dictionary of the American West.
New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1993.
Chapman, Robert L., Ed.Dictionary of American Slang, 3rd Ed. NY: HarperCollins, 1997.
Craigie, William A. Sir, and Hulbert, James Root. A dictionary of American English on historical principles.
Chicago, Ill.: The
University of Chicago Press [1938- ].
Dalgish, Gerard M, Ed. Random House Webster’s Dictionary of American English.
Random House, 1997.
Tom. The Slang of Sin. Springfield, MA:
Danner, Horace Gerald and Roger Noel. Thesaurus of Word Roots of the English Language. Forward by Thomas J. Sienkewicz. Lanham, Maryland, University Press of America, Inc., 1992. Ref PE1580 .D36 1992.
A Dictionary of ancient Greek civilisation.
London, Methuen, 1967.
DK Illustrated Oxford Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press,
Glenn W. and John A. Fossa. Dictionary of Paradox.
Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1998.
Gotch, A.F. Latin Names Explained, a Guide to the Scientific Classification of Reptiles, Birds & Mammals. New York, NY. Facts On File, Inc. 1996. QL9.G67. 1996
Dimboxes, epopts, and other quidams: real words for real people.
New York: Workman Pub., 1986.
Haubrich, William S. Medical Meanings: a glossary of word origins.
American College of Physicians, 1997.
Mountain Range: a dictionary of expressions from Appalachia to the Ozarks.
New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1997.
Herbst, Philip H. The Color of Words: an encyclopaedic dictionary of
ethnic bias in the United States. Yarmouth,
Maine: Intercultural Press, Inc., 1997.
Hobbs, James B. Homophones and Homographs An American Dictionary. Jefferson, North Carolina and London. McFarland & Company, Inc. 1999. PE2833.H63. 1999
Huber, Jeffrey T. Dictionary of AIDS related terminology.
New York : Neal-Schuman, c1993.
Major, Clarence. Dictionary of Afro-American Slang. New York: International Publishers 
Major, Clarence, Ed. Juba to Jive: A Dictionary of African-American Slang. New York: Penguin Books, 1994.
Morwood, James. A Dictionary of Latin Words And Phrases. Oxford, New York. Oxford University Press. 1998. PA2365.E5M667. 1998
Neaman, Judith S. and Carole G. Silver.
Kind words : a thesaurus of euphemisms,
New York, N.Y.: Facts on File Publications, c1983.
Partridge, Eric. A dictionary of slang and unconventional English; colloquialisms and catch-phrases, solecisms
and catachreses, nicknames, vulgarisms and such Americanisms as have been naturalized.
New York: Macmillan, 1984. 8th ed.
Pugh, Eric. A Dictionary of Acronyms & Abbreviations: some abbreviations in management, technology and
information science. London: Bingley,1968.
Richter, Alan .
Dictionary of sexual slang : words, phrases, and idioms from AC/DC to
New York : Wiley, c1993.
Saussy, George Stone. The Oxter English Dictionary: Uncommon Words Used by Uncommonly Good Writers. New York, NY: Facts on File, c1984.
Smitherman, Geneva. Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen
York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
Spears, Richard A.
Slang and euphemism : a dictionary of oaths, curses, insults, sexual slang and metaphor, racial
slurs, drug talk, homosexual lingo, and related matters.
Middle Village, N.Y.: David Publishers, c1981.
Trench, Richard Chenevix. Dictionary of Obsolete English.
New York: Philosophical Library 
Urdang, Laurence.The New York Times Everyday Reader's Dictionary of Misunderstood, Misused, Mispronounced
Words. [New York] Quadrangle Books 
Walker, John M. and Michael Cox. The Language of Biotechnology: a dictionary of terms, 2nd
Ed. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 1995.
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