Here are a few brief suggestions. For more detailed descriptions of further books, see the list on the left.
COLLINS DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Pub: William Collins, 2000.
Excellent standard dictionary, particularly strong on American and dialect spellings and variants - stronger than Chambers in these areas. Finger-tabbed and easy on the eye, a pleasure to use and highly recommended.
OXFORD COMPACT ENGLISH DICTIONARY
Pub: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Useful general-purpose dictionary, with notes on usage; some American English included; small Ready Reference section; 187,000 definitions.
(Different editions from different publishers)
The original thesaurus. Synonyms and antonyms arranged by classification, well indexed. Over 100,000 words.
THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
Pub: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Comprehensive collection of abbreviations with some interesting appendices - symbols etc. A good standard dictionary includes a number of abbreviations, albeit not as many as a specialist publication such as this. You probably don't need to buy a Dictionary of Abbreviations, but you may want to make use of the one in your Reference Library.
EVERYMAN'S DICTIONARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
Pub: J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd.
2nd Edition 1986.
A massive 27,000 entries, but not as user-friendly as the Oxford version. If your Reference Library has this, count yourself lucky.
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