Books: Three of a Kind - Define Your Business Terms

Oxford Dictionary of Business; Pallister and Isaacs (editors); OUP £8.99; Put together by two editors and 15 contributors, this book means business. Alphabetical entries are short and to the point, and number about 6,500. The emphasis is on explaining financial terms, although there is also room for management and human resources entries. Some may find it a little dry, but, essentially, it does what it says on the cover - Best of its kind

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Dictionary of Business; PH Collin; Bloomsbury Reference £9.99; 'Over 12,000 entries' screams the back cover of this dictionary, which sounds promising until you realise that these entries include definitions of words such as 'telephone', 'filing cabinet' and 'letter box' (a place where incoming mail is put). Its strong point is the appendix, which includes international dialling codes, currencies and sample business letters. Best for students and non-native English speakers - of minor interest

Penguin Dictionary of Business; Bannock, Davis, Trott & Uncles; Penguin Reference £8.99; This lexicon covers all the basics and more, with lengthier entries than its two rivals. As a result, it feels more comprehensive, even though it has fewer definitions. A welcome addition here is the inclusion of some mini-biographies of leading business thinkers from Warren Bennis to Max Weber. This dictionary is easily the most interesting book of the three - best of its kind.

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