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Laurence Urdang (March 21, 1927—August 26, 2008) was a lexicographer, editor and author noted for first computerising the unabridged Random House Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1966. He was also the founding editor of Verbatim, a quarterly newsletter on language.

Urdang was born in Manhattan and graduated from the Fieldston School in The Bronx. He then entered the Naval Reserve at the end of World War 2.

Educated at Columbia University (where he restricted himself to Russian, German, Latin, Greek, Sanskrit and Polish), Urdang was a linguistics lecturer at New York University from 1956 to 1961. Although he never wrote the dissertation that would have completed his graduate degree, the Random House Dictionary filled the void amply: "He always said he considered the Random House dictionary his dissertation," said Nicole Urdang.

Urdang made his debut in the publishing industry as an associate editor in the dictionary department at Funk & Wagnalls and developed a vast vocabulary. Not averse to making fun of his profession, he wrote in an introduction to one of his books:

This is not a succedaneum for satisfying the nympholepsy of nullifidians. Rather it is hoped that the haecceity of this enchiridion of arcane and recondite sesquipedalian items will appeal to the oniomania of an eximious Gemeinschaft whose legerity and sophrosyne, whose Sprachgefühl and orexis will find more than fugacious fulfillment among its felicific pages.


He died on August 21, 2008, of congestive heart failure in Branford, Connecticut.

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Total Books: 60
Ruffner's Allusions Cultural Literary Biblical and Historical A Thematic Dictionary
The Last Word The English Language Opinions and Prejudices
2010 - The Last Word the English Language Opinions and Prejudices (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780780811713
ISBN-10: 0780811712
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Ruffner's Allusions Cultural Literary Biblical and Historical  A Thematic Dictionary
The Bantam Medical Dictionary Sixth Edition
2009 - The Bantam Medical Dictionary Sixth Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553592269
ISBN-10: 0553592262
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Reference, Medical Books
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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A Basic Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
2006 - A Basic Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788122200362
ISBN-10: 8122200362
Genre: Reference
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Bantam Medical Dictionary Fifth Edition
2004 - Bantam Medical Dictionary Fifth Edition (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780553587364
ISBN-10: 0553587366
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Medicine, Medical Books
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

The Oxford Thesaurus
1997 - The Oxford Thesaurus (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780198600053
ISBN-10: 0198600054
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The American Century Dictionary
1996 - The American Century Dictionary (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446601214
ISBN-10: 0446601217
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 3

The American Century Thesaurus
1996 - The American Century Thesaurus (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780446672252
ISBN-10: 0446672254
Genre: Reference
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TIMETABLES OF  AMERICAN HISTORY  UPDATED EDITION
1996 - Timetables of American History Updated Edition (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780684814209
ISBN-10: 068481420X
Genres: History, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Differences
1995 - Differences [Bloomsbury keys] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780747520313
ISBN-10: 0747520313
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Bloomsbury Dictionary of Difficult Words
1994 - Bloomsbury Dictionary of Difficult Words (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780747516729
ISBN-10: 0747516723
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The Oxford Thesaurus American Edition/Thumb Indexed
1992 - The Oxford Thesaurus American Edition/thumb Indexed (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780195073546
ISBN-10: 0195073541
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Every Bite a Delight And Other Slogans
1992 - Every Bite a Delight and Other Slogans (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780810394230
ISBN-10: 0810394235
Genres: Business & Money, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Reference
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1991 - A Dictionary of Names and Nicknames [Oxford Reference] (Paperback)
The Dictionary of Confusable Words
1989 - The Dictionary of Confusable Words (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780345359872
ISBN-10: 0345359879
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Dictionary of Differences
1989 - Dictionary of Differences (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780747504320
ISBN-10: 0747504326
Genre: Reference
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The Whole Ball of Wax and Other Colloquial Sayings  What They Mean  How They Started
1988 - The Whole Ball of Wax and Other Colloquial Sayings What They Mean How They Started (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780399514364
ISBN-10: 0399514368
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Names and Nicknames of Places and Things
1988 - Names and Nicknames of Places and Things (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780452009073
ISBN-10: 0452009073
Genre: Reference
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The Facts on File Dictionary of Numerical Allusions
1986 - The Facts on File Dictionary of Numerical Allusions (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780816013005
ISBN-10: 0816013004
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference
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The Synonym Finder
1986 - The Synonym Finder (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446370295
ISBN-10: 0446370290
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The Basic Book of Synonyms and Antonyms
1985 - The Basic Book of Synonyms and Antonyms (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451161949
ISBN-10: 0451161947
Genre: Reference
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1981 - Pkt Thesaurus [Vinyl] (Hardcover)
Numerical Intrigue [formerly, Numerical Allusions] (Hardcover)