Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary

Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary

by Marc McCutcheon
     
 

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At last, here's a reference book that works the way the mind works, allowing students to locate that elusive word to the specific thing, e.g., What do you call that belt for a tuxedo? Answer: Cummerbund. "This book is one of those small wonders...Highly recommended." — THE BOOK REPORT.
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At last, here's a reference book that works the way the mind works, allowing students to locate that elusive word to the specific thing, e.g., What do you call that belt for a tuxedo? Answer: Cummerbund. "This book is one of those small wonders...Highly recommended." — THE BOOK REPORT.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Divided into 22 categories, each with numerous subcategories, this book simply lists and defines technical terms. Although trying to be exhaustive, especially in the natural sciences, sports, and military, it omits various essential terms ( chiaroscuro and pointillism under ``Art,'' comps and wings under ``Stage and Theater,'' levels under ``Radio,'' op-ed under ``Journalism,'' split under ``Bottles and Glasses,'' etc.). It can be helpful for unfamiliar areas but sketchy and idiosyncratic for familiar ones. Still, this reference could be useful, along with a thesaurus, for a precise writer. Appropriate for public libraries.-- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-- A dictionary of generic terms or ``buzz words'' of over 20 categories that include the environment, animals, the human body and mind, performing arts and broadcasting, sports, the law, medicine, finance, the military, language, food and drink, and electronics. The book is both fun and useful. The definitions are easy to understand, and YAs can use it to gain a feel for a particular subject or to define a specific word in its thematic use. Its only faults are that subject-area terminology is not all inclusive and specialized subjects need illustrations to clarify definitions. Still, it's an enjoyable and worthwhile reference book.
Booknews
For when you know what it is but not what it's called, this ingenious combination of reverse dictionary and thesaurus supplies thousands of descriptions of terms that are organized into 22 broad and 194 narrower categories, so that you won't have to use words like whatchamacallit again. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816059256
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Series:
Writer's Reference Library
Edition description:
3RD
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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