Newsletter #5 - 9/7/2001eLearnAid.com Newsletter #5
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In this newsletter:
1. Winner of the OED Calendar competition: Clay Swinburn
2. New competition -- Win a Fowler book
3. Word of the day: Prosper
4. A Peculiar Story...
5. One of our most popular products: OED
6. eBooks now available
7. Two FREE eBooks
8. Tech Tips: Installation hint for software you use frequently
9. Package deals
10. Gift certificates
11. Tech Tips: Grammar terms in Collins Cobuild for Advanced Learners
12. Write to us
14. Earlier newsletter issues
1. WINNER OF THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY WORD-A-DAY 2002 CALENDAR!
Congratulations to Clay Swinburn of Oregon USA! He referred a friend to our
website and has won the 2002 OED Word-a-Day Calendar! Thank you, Clay!
2. NEW COMPETITION -- WIN A FOWLER BOOK
We have two Fowler books to give away to a customer who refers another to
our website and who subsequently purchases an Oxford English Dictionary
(CD-ROM or 20-volume set) or the Management Series volumes.
Read more about this competition at:
3. WORD OF THE DAY -- PROSPER
1a) intransitive. Of a person, community, etc.: To be prosperous, fortunate,
or successful; to flourish, thrive, succeed, do well.
1b) intransitive. Of things: To flourish; to turn out well.
1c) intransitive. Of plants: To thrive, to flourish.
2) transitive. To cause to flourish; to promote the prosperity or success
of; to be propitious to.
This definition comes from the Oxford English Dictionary on CD-ROM:
4. A PECULIAR STORY...
You all know that dictionaries contain words and their meanings. But
nowadays, we?re rarely taught to actually USE a dictionary and look up
words. That?s a pity, because without looking up words, you are missing out
on gaining a full understanding (or sometimes ANY understanding) of what you
And we have people making up meanings of words, or even redefining words to
mean what they aren?t, or just using them in meanings that are not
appropriate. Other people (hearing or reading this incorrect usage) pick it
up and perpetuate the poor usage of a word until the word BECOMES (through
general usage) to mean other than what it used to mean.
Take the word ?moot? for example. In the Webster?s New World Collegiate
dictionary (http://www.elearnaid.com/webnewworcol.html), it means both:
(a) subject to or open for discussion or debate; debatable
(b) not worthy of consideration or discussion because it has been resolved
or no longer needs to be resolved
Well that?s odd! (a) means somewhat the opposite of (b)! One is debatable
and the other is not? What?!?!
Hint: If you look up ?moot? in the full Oxford English Dictionary, you can
see HOW these two meanings both came about.
I nipped one of these redefinitions in the bud one day. I was checking on a
student to see if she fully understood what she was studying. I asked her
the meaning of the word ?peculiar? (which was used repeatedly by the author
in this particular work). She gave me the most peculiar answer that I couldn
?t even begin to recall what she answered to me. Needless to say, it was a
wrong meaning for the word ?peculiar?.
How could she possibly fully understand what she was reading? She couldn?t!
In this case, I had her look up the meaning of the word ?peculiar? until she
understood it AND understood it in the context in which the author was using
it. Then she was able to understand the material she was studying.
So the next time someone uses a word in a manner just a little peculiar to
you, I highly recommend that you look it up in a good dictionary. You will
either find a meaning for that word that you did NOT already know (and the
person?s communication will no longer seem peculiar), or you?ll find that
the person was using the word incorrectly.
Note: The meaning of the word ?peculiar? used in this story is ?Having a
character exclusively its own; unlike others, singular, uncommon, unusual,
out-of-the-way; strange, odd, ?queer?.? This definition was obtained from
the Oxford English Dictionary.
5. ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR PRODUCTS
One of eLearnAid.com?s most popular products has been the Oxford English
Dictionary on CD-ROM from Oxford University Press. This dictionary is the
most complete dictionary of the English Language and has definitions in it
that are not available anywhere else. It is a valuable reference for anyone
who writes or needs to fully understand English. With a click of a mouse,
you can swiftly view words in the most comprehensive dictionary available on
CD-ROM. It can be purchased online at:
6. EBOOKS NOW AVAILABLE
We have started to offer eBooks on our website at and will be adding more
titles soon. We currently have a book on liquidations (The Liquidations
Business Manual) plus two free eBooks. Check out all of our ebook selections
7. TWO FREE EBOOKS
a. The Small Business Success Manual: This book has a number of POWERFUL
BASIC CONCEPTS that will help any size group or unit prosper. Download the
eBook version for free. We are sure you will find it well worth your time to
read this book.
b. When the Thrill is Gone: If your relationship with your spouse does not
have the excitement it had when you first started, this is a MUST READ!
We currently sell these two books as softcovers on our website. These books
are now also available as FREE electronic book downloads. You are welcome to
download the electronic versions of these books and later if you need any
?paper? copies, please purchase them from us.
Read more about these two free eBooks at:
8. TECH TIPS: Installation hint for software you use frequently on PCs
Make it easy to access a program like your dictionary with a simple
keystroke! I use Ctrl+Alt+D to start up my favorite dictionary (hold the
Ctrl and the Alt key down and then press the D). The following explains how
to set this up on your pc.
First check to make sure the keys are not already in use by holding down the
Ctrl & Alt keys and then pressing the D key. Nothing should happen! If
something does happen you can pick a different combination of keys to start
your dictionary. Try this first, though.
To set this up right, find your dictionary in Windows Explorer and then
right-click on it. Choose ?Properties?. Click on the ?Shortcut? tab. Click
inside the ?Shortcut key? field and press the ?d? key. Your computer should
display ?Ctrl + Alt + D?. Click the ?Okay? button and you?re done!
I hope you will use your dictionary whenever you have the slightest bit of
confusion on a word. That is better than being totally confused about what
you are reading! For more information on Study Techniques please check out:
9. PACKAGE DEALS
We have put together three packages of references for students at three
levels: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. These sets include
dictionaries and references handpicked from our Internet store to help
students at these three levels. Each package is priced 10%-15% off the list
10. GIFT CERTIFICATES
With the holiday season approaching, you?ll be thinking about that perfect
gift for your friends and family. Be sure to remember us. And if you just
can?t choose from among our products, we also offer Gift Certificates.
11. TECH TIPS: Rapidly getting definitions for the grammar terms in the
Collins Cobuild for Advanced Learners CD-ROM
The Cobuild is designed for people learning English as a foreign language.
Since these people have not spent their whole life communicating using the
English language, they often do not know how the words are used in a
sentence, so the dictionary describes in detail how the word is used. The
Cobuild has its own unique grammar terms to accomplish this, for example
N-COUNT. The CD makes it easy to get these terms defined; you simply click
on Help and then COBUILD help, and type in the grammar term you want
N-COUNT is defined as:
N-COUNT, count noun
A count noun has a plural form, usually made by adding -s.
When it is singular, it must have a determiner in front of it,
such as the, her, many or such, e.g. My cat is getting fatter...
She's a good friend.
If you have the Cobuild in paper format, these definitions start on page
XXV. It is much easier to access the definition with the dictionary on
If you are a native speaker of English you might consider using the Collins
Cobuild English Dictionary because of its simple, easy-to-understand
definitions and lots of great real life example sentences.
Collins Cobuild dictionaries are available at:
12. WRITE TO US
You can always write to the Public Services Manager. The
Public Services Manager likes to hear from you. Your views, ideas and even
any difficulty you may have are of concern to her. She will help you with
any matter you care to write to her about.
We would especially like to hear from your comments on any of the newer
products. We regularly update our website and if you have helpful hints you
would like to pass on to other users, they will probably get published as
well as your review.
eLearnAid Public Services Manager
P O Box 39545, Los Angeles CA 90039-0545 USA
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