Where to get it
For many years now, Chambers
have had a stronghold on the word game market. This dictionary is a pure delight to browse for word-buffs, because it caters for all those crazy words you find in crossword puzzles and on Scrabble boards, but never in the real world. I mean, where else will you find delicious entries like EUOI
, a cry of Bacchic frenzy, and YRIVD
, an obsolete past participle of rive
. Yet, despite this indulgence, the dictionary manages to maintain its tractable size.
The reason I first bought the Chambers Dictionary
was that it was the chief word source for international Scrabble. Unfortunately, this privilege has since been handed over to Collins
, who just don't demonstrate the scholarly attention to detail of Chambers
. Even so, the meanings of many of the words allowed in Scrabble today can only be found in Chambers
, and even when they can be found elsewhere, the Chambers
entry is usually more helpful.
The Chambers Dictionary
is also famed for allowing a handful of chuckle-worthy entries to be sprinkled throughout the tome, betraying a playfulness not expected of lexicographers. Like this one...ECLAIR n. a cake, long in shape but short in duration.
I won't spoil the other surprises for you.
Fired by Mattel
or not, Chambers
will remain in the service of this here word-buff for many years to come.