Dictionary of Foreign Terms. Mario Pei Salvatore Ramondino with Laura Torbet. Mark Loggins Library 150 Winter 2006. Call Number: R413 P35D. MLA: Pei, Mario, Salvatore Ramondino, and Laura Torbet. Dictionary of Foreign Terms . New York: Delacourte Press, 1974. Arrangement: Alphabetic
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Dictionary of Foreign Terms
Mario PeiSalvatore RamondinowithLaura Torbet
Mark LogginsLibrary 150Winter 2006
Pei, Mario, Salvatore Ramondino, and Laura Torbet. Dictionary of Foreign Terms. New York: Delacourte Press, 1974.
Each entry word definition follows this format:
Word or Phrase (in Bold Type)Etymology: origin languagePronunciationLiteral MeaningQualifying Labels (e.g. slang or adj.)DefinitionSubsidiary EntryCross References
Definitions contain cross references
This work covers a variety of foreign words and phrases used in everyday language.
Published in 1974.
With all living languages there are many changes that occur over time due to the many areas of progress of culture and society.
The dead languages obviously remain unchanged.
Therefore, this book is somewhat out of date; and, simultaneously, still relevant.
The book is designed for the general public. It states that many foreign terms and phrases are regularly used in everyday situations.
The problem is that they are misused and mispronounced.
Since the book is designed for the general reader. Anyone with any interest in the definitions and pronunciations of foreign terms can use his resource.
This comes in book format only.
It is also out of print and available on a few online book sellers.
Special Features: None
Mario Pei (1901-1978)Professor, Columbia UniversityLinguist and PolyglotAdvocate of EsperantoAuthored several books on language includingThe Story of LanguageWorld’s Chief LanguagesThe Story of English
Salvatore RamondinoPh.D in Linguistics from Columbia UniversityAuthor of Spanish/English English/Spanish Dictionary
Laura TorbetOwner of graphic design studio, ghostwriter and book editor. www.lauratorbet.com
There are no reviews for this book.
Interesting book that is easy to use.
Obviously, being published in 1974; I feel that it is out of date in terms of the change in the living languages especially in the science and technology areas. In a world where Xerox is the word for all copying and Google is a verb for searching the web; the book is out of date.
On the other hand, the use of some historic terms and the terms still used from dead languages like Latin are still relevant.
Personally, I liked the book and its “old school” flavor.
Nike: [Gk] NEE-keh, victory; goddess of victory; symbol of victory.[Gk] - Greek
Nisei: [Jap] NEE-say, ni – second + sei –generation; second generation of Japanese born outside of Japan; Japanese AmericansCf. Issei, SanseiCf. – cross reference
Is – first + sei – generation(first generation)San – third + sei – generation(third generation)
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