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Newsletter #6 - 11/29/2001

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In this newsletter:
  • Do you know your holiday and Christmas words?
  • Longman Dictionaries
  • New OED version coming soon
  • Tech Tips for Intense Language products
  • Gift certificates
  • Write to us
  • How to access earlier newsletter issues
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We’ve all heard the songs and sung along, but do we really know WHAT we’re singing?

Holiday songs are steeped in tradition. Some words are from Old English and are not in use today. Others are Latin words or just words from an era long ago. Here are some examples.

“Carol” means a song of joy or praise; especially a Christmas song.

“Frankincense and Myrrh” occur in several songs including “We Three Kings on Orient Are”, “The First Noel”, and “What Child is This?” sometimes known as “Greensleeves”. Frankincense is a gum resin obtained from various Arabian and African trees and used in perfumes and as incense, and myrrh is a fragrant gum resin from any of several plants of Arabia and E Africa, used in making incense, perfume, etc.

“Wassail” in “Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green” in British English means “to go caroling from house to house at Christmastime”, and in “Love and joy come to you, And to you your wassail too” it means “good health” as in toasting to someone’s good health. Wassail also means “the spiced ale or other liquor with which such healths were drunk”.

In “Jingle Bells”, “bobtail” as in “Bells on bobtail ring” refers to the horse pulling the sleigh, whose tail was often “bobbed” or cut short (a fashion in the 1800s). The “bells” are worn on the horse’s harness or on the sleigh itself because horse’s hoofbeats don’t make noise in snow and it was safer to have bells to alert people to a horse coming along.

So you see, knowing the meanings of words can help make our experiences of a communication (like a song) much more enjoyable.

Check out your dictionary for other common holiday words like “yule” and “auld lang syne” and “Noel”.

-- Ruth



The Longman series of dictionaries are quite popular. They come in both American and English “flavors”.

The Longman Advanced American Dictionary and the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English are both excellent intermediate to advanced dictionaries, yet they are easy to use because the meanings are explained with a vocabulary of only 2,000 words. That means that foreign students learning English and other students with smaller vocabularies can still use these dictionaries without getting confused by other unknown words in the definitions.

Longman Advanced American Dictionary (Hardcover) $41.50 (was $46) http://www.elearnaid.com/lonadamdicpa.html

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (Flexicover) $30.00 (was $35) http://www.elearnaid.com/londicofcone2.html

All our Longman dictionaries http://www.elearnaid.com/londic.html



The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a twenty-volume dictionary on paper which documents the usage of English back to 1150. It is also available on-line with extensive search capability and access to the latest additions and changes from the Oxford lexicographers. Access to the online version costs $550.00 per year for an individual.

Many OED users use the CD-ROM version (publisher list price is $295.00). Oxford has just announced a new version of the OED on CD, which is scheduled to be released in January 2002. This will have more search capabilities as well as the latest additions and changes which were previously available only on-line.

It has the following improvements:

* An option to install the OED to your hard drive. Further, based on a verbal report from Oxford University Press the software will only require you to validate that you have an authentic CD every 90 days. This means you will not have to find the CD, put it in the drive, and wait for it to be validated every time you start the OED. In previous versions you could manually install the OED to disk but still had to put the CD in the drive whenever you first started to use the dictionary.

* Additional search features to allow users to construct more powerful searches across the OED. More details will be forthcoming.

* There are new additional entries, which have previously only been included in the OED Online.

* The Bibliography and other relevant extra matter from the print edition.

* Fully compatible with Windows 2000 and ME.

Rather than sit on the news of this new version, eLearnAid is offering a package deal where you can purchase the current version (2.0) now and get the new version (3.0) when it becomes available for only $305.00. This is $115.00 off the list price of version 2.0 plus an upgrade to version 3.0.

See full details at: http://www.elearnaid.com/oed30upwhena.html

The upgrade from version 2.0 (the current version) to 3.0 can be purchased separately for $100.00 ($25.00 off list price). It will be shipped as soon as it becomes available.

See full details at: http://www.elearnaid.com/oed30upgrade.html


TECH TIPS - Problems fixed for the Collins English and bilingual dictionaries from Intense Language Office

One customer could not use the software without these fixes, so you might want to install them before you run into a problem.

Go to: http://www.elearnaid.com/upfrominlano.html



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.




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.

Write to: eLearnAid Public Services Manager P O Box 921585, Sylmar CA 91392 USA mailto: ruth@elearnaid.com



If there was something in an earlier newsletter issue that you’d like to see again, please visit our website where we have published all our back issues.


Highlights from issue 1: * Article: Learning Can Help You Improve Conditions in Your Life * What Others Say... about study skills courses

Highlights from issue 2: * Article: “Interest” Can Make Learning Fun * The Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary on CD-ROM

Highlights from issue 3: * Article: Advantages of a Second Dictionary * Collins Cobuild Third Edition Dictionary * Patches for the OED on CD

Highlights from issue 4: * Article: Vocabularies, Literacy and Success * Group licenses available for Collins Cobuild CD-ROM * Tech tips: Dictionaries that can be manually installed to disk * Tech tips: Character display problems with your Collins dictionary?

Highlights from issue 5: * Article: A Peculiar Story... * Two FREE eBooks now available * Tech Tips: Installation hint for software you use frequently * Tech Tips: Grammar terms in Collins Cobuild for Advanced Learners



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