Similes Dictionary

Similes Dictionary

by Elyse Sommer
     
 

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Whether it invokes hard work or merely a hen-house, a good simile is like a good picture—it's worth a thousand words. Packed with more than 16,000 imaginative, colorful phrases—from “abandoned as a used Kleenex” to “quiet as an eel swimming in oil”—the Similes Dictionary will help any politician, writer, or lover of…  See more details below

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Whether it invokes hard work or merely a hen-house, a good simile is like a good picture—it's worth a thousand words. Packed with more than 16,000 imaginative, colorful phrases—from “abandoned as a used Kleenex” to “quiet as an eel swimming in oil”—the Similes Dictionary will help any politician, writer, or lover of language find just the right saying, be it original or banal, verbose or succinct. Your thoughts will never be "as tedious as a twice-told tale" or "dry as the Congressional Record." Choose from elegant turns of phrases “as useful as a Swiss army knife” and “varied as expressions of the human face”.

Citing more than 2,000 sources—from the Bible, Socrates, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and H. L. Mencken to popular movies, music, and television shows—the Similes Dictionary covers hundreds of subjects broken into thematic categories that include topics such as virtue, anger, age, ambition, importance, and youth, helping you find the fitting phrase quickly and easily.

Perfect for setting the atmosphere, making a point, or helping spin a tale with economy, intelligence, and ingenuity, the vivid comparisons found in this collection will inspire anyone.

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Editorial Reviews

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"For writers, speakers, and general readers, 16,000 similes drawn from sources as diverse as the Bible, Socrates, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, movies, music, and TV shows, and arranged into about 1,300 thematic categories."— Book News

"If this book could speak, it would be “a grand rolling voice, like the sound of an underground train in the distance.” This dictionary is chock-full of this and 16,000 other creative entries. A good tool for writers, students, and those looking for inspiration."— Booklist

"Designed as a thesaurus for writers and speakers, the second edition of this phrase book fulfills its purpose admirably. Readers may use the Similes Dictionary to provide examples of similes; to find a specific simile, or one by a particular author; or to while away an enjoyable evening. The low price makes this title “as cheap as pearls are costly” (Robert Browning). It is a worthy addition to reference collections. Recommended."— Choice

"a useful tool for writers, public speakers, and those who just need an occasional creative communication spark."— Christian Library Journal

"... a solid addition to a library’s collection ... Of interest to puzzle-solvers, authors and speechwriters."— Library Journal

Library Journal
09/01/2013
Containing a variety of classic and modern similes from literature, news media, performing arts, and electronic media, this work offers 16,000 broadly indexed similes classified by 1,300 categories. Sources range from the Bible, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Napoléon Bonaparte to Robert Chandler, Margaret Atwood, Woody Allen, Noel Coward, and Tom Brokow. This second edition of a work originally published in 1988 includes editorial clarification when a simile appears vague as well as tips for creating and using the devices in one's speech and writing. The "Table of Thematic Categories" and author index provide additional and valuable access points. While cross-references appear in all three access points, they are inconsistent. For example, "crime" has see-also references to "dishonesty" and "evil," but "evil" refers to "action" and "cruelty." The author index could be stronger as some entries are missing (e.g., Babylonian Talmud and quotations from Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms). Although all entries are identified by author (e.g., Anon., Japanese Proverb; "Samuel Johnson, March 21, 1776"), it would be especially helpful if each one received full attribution. Currently, only those from Chandler's works, Shakespeare's plays and the news media are fully identified. VERDICT While this title would be a solid addition to a library's collection, it is not a replacement for Frank Wilstach's Dictionary of Similes for Speakers & Writers or Robert Baldwin and Ruth Paris's Book of Similes. Of interest to puzzle-solvers, authors, and speechwriters.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578594337
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
956,114
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author


Elyse Sommer is the author or editor of numerous titles, including "Discovering Literature," "The Kids' World Almanac of Music," "Metaphors Dictionary," and "Strategies for Reading and Arguing About Literature." She is the editor, publisher, and chief critic of the online theater magazine Curtainup.com. She lives in Forest Hills, New York.

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