A major new reference for professional, academic, specialist, and general users of French. Special attention is paid to the coverage of new words and proper nouns, abbreviations and acronyms, and to essential fields such as business and computing. The text also reflects the international dimension of both languages, with numerous Swiss, Belgian, and Canadian French terms included, and American English vocabulary and usage particularly well represented. Emphasis is placed on explaining cultural vocabulary and historical references, using glosses and notes to help non-native speakers understand their implications and relevance. Distributed by Larousse Kingfisher Chambers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.