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"ORSMAN, Harry or H.W. (Harold William) (1928- 2002), was the pre-eminent lexicographer of New Zealand English. Prodigious reading in local literature and a lifetime collection of usages made him for many years contributor to major *dictionaries of English such as the Oxford English Dictionary. He began to publish under his own name with the Heinemann New Zealand Dictionary (ed., 1979, 1989), the Macquarie Dictionary (contrib. ed., 1981) and the Penguin Tasman Dictionary (consulting ed., 1986). All these are dictionaries of general English with New Zealand (and in some cases Australian) usages specially included. The first fully dedicated to the New Zealand variety of English is The New Zealand Dictionary (ed. Elizabeth and Harry Orsman, New House, 1994). His work in and on behalf of literature goes beyond this lexicographic research. He co-edited the first Dictionary of New Zealand Quotations (1988), and the quarterly *Comment in the late 1960s-70s, when it was host to some significant poetry and review articles. He was a national committee member of *PEN (NZ) in the same period. He has also published small popular books, light-hearted but useful extracts from his scholarly materials, the New Zealand Slang Dictionary and Quotable New Zealanders (both with Des Hurley, 1992). A roguishly provocative wit tends also to emerge at unexpected moments in his scholarly writing or when his expert comment is being sought by media interviewers . . . "

Hardback 1994.

321 pages.

Good condition.

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