This is more than another dictionary. It might be defined as a cross between Roger and Fowler with Webster stirred in. In final analysis, it is important to see the cross indexing, as its use depends on the simplicity plus the comprehensiveness of the reference tool. But meantime, it makes good reading, as key words in sample sentences are followed by a paragraph analyzing origin, history, evolution, changes in meaning, genealogy, and so on. A first aid for the writer or speaker or anyone who cares about exactness of meaning, vocabulary expansion, differentiation in word usage. 12,000 words. The lexicographer has a long record of effective books on words and their meanings.