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Modern day lexicons for new-age students

HarperCollins with educational publishers Ratna Sagar Pvt Limited will now offer students dictionaries which will “offer more words and definitions and tips on commonly misspelt words.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2008 13:51 IST

Children adept with the present-day lingo can now look forward to hone their skills in English, thanks to the new variety of lexicons.

HarperCollins Publishers India with educational publishers Ratna Sagar Pvt Limited will now promote in India the popular Collins students dictionaries which will “offer more words and definitions, tips on commonly misspelt or confusing words, guides to punctuation and parts of speech”.

The first set of dictionaries to be brought out under the collaboration from December onwards is Collins School Gem Dictionary, Collins Compact Dictionary and Collins Pocket Dictionary for Indian students. “We are less interested, for example, in the fact of the word ‘pylon’ originally meaning the entrance to an Egyptian temple. More immediate to us is that today it means a tower that carries cables,” said P M Sukumar, CEO, HarperCollins Publishers India.

“Language changes daily, hourly and we are more interested in capturing the present, not the past,” he added. Right now, the Indiancorpus has some interesting coinage like condole, eve-teasing, chargesheet, prepone and soft corner, and once validated they will find their way into Collins dictionaries.

“At last, children are getting dictionaries that have been specially created for them. They have been designed to what the children are learning today,” said Atiya Zaidi from Ratna Sagar publishing house.

According to the publishers, the dictionaries offer a unique digital dimension, forwarding children into collinslanguage.Com where they can access a range of free electronic dictionaries for extended use.