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#172702 - 01/21/08 12:46 AM TVR rating of college dictionaries
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It's been suggested here that the folks at The Vocabula Review are a bunch of Raving Prescripts. As evidence, here is their Ranking of College Dictionaries, which is currently available in their free preview area. You should note that the ranking criteria is inversely related to descriptiveness.

The list of "test" words and phrases is highly subjective in and of itself.

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#172704 - 01/21/08 06:21 AM Re: TVR rating of college dictionaries [Re: tsuwm]
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At least they're upfront about the fact that their criteria are totally bogus.

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#172711 - 01/21/08 11:35 AM Re: TVR rating of college dictionaries [Re: tsuwm]
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This Fiske guy gives me a headache.

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#172716 - 01/21/08 12:13 PM Re: TVR rating of college dictionaries [Re: AnnaStrophic]
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This Fiske guy gives me a headache.

He gives nothing for free. He charges for everything.
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#172719 - 01/21/08 12:30 PM Re: TVR rating of college dictionaries [Re: zmjezhd]
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The Vocabula Review was free from 1999 to 2003. Today, it costs $40 (for first-time users), but that gives you access to more than 100 issues of Vocabula. Renewals cost $25 a year.

I do offer some free features:

Mock Merriam: http://www.vocabula.com/mockmerriam.asp
Vocabula Quizzes: http://www.vocabula.com/VRquizzes.asp
Best Words: http://www.vocabula.com/VRbestwords.asp
Worst Words: http://www.vocabula.com/VRworstwords.asp
Definition a Day Quiz: http://www.vocabula.com/quiz/showDOTD.aspx

And if you're more clever than you sound, you'll find other free resources too.

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#172722 - 01/21/08 02:00 PM Re: TVR rating of college dictionaries [Re: vocabula]
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Originally Posted By: vocabula
And if you're more clever than you sound, you'll find other free resources too.


and that's a fine how-de-do!
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#172726 - 01/21/08 02:51 PM Re: heu vae [Re: vocabula]
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And if you're more clever than you sound, you'll find other free resources too.

Too dear at half the price. But, today is a memorable day: I have been fisked. At least I'm in good company.
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#172727 - 01/21/08 03:25 PM Re: TVR rating of college dictionaries [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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Quote:
and that's a fine how-de-do!

heh!

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#172739 - 01/21/08 06:51 PM Re: TVR rating of college dictionaries [Re: vocabula]
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Originally Posted By: vocabula

Mock Merriam:


To be mocked by the guardian of the moon from wolves is an hono(u)r indeed.

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#172750 - 01/21/08 09:12 PM Re: prendre une peine inutile [Re: Faldage]
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[Il] vouloyt que maille Ó maille on feist les haubergeons, de cheval donnÚ tousjours reguardoyt en la gueulle, saultoyt du coq Ó l'asne, mettoyt entre deux verdes une meure, faisoit de la terre le foussÚ, gardoyt la lune des loups, si les nues tomboient esperoyt prandre les alouettes. [Rabelais. Gargantua, chapter IX.]

(He always looked a given horse in the mouth, leaped from the cock to the ass, and put one ripe between two green. By robbing Peter he paid Paul, he kept the moon from the wolves, and hoped to catch larks if ever the heavens should fall.)

(A nice proverb that, so bon the mot: garder la lune des loups, des chiens.)
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