The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words

The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words

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by Peter E. Meltzer
     
 

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The go-to guide for finding those exceptional and unexpected words that will bring your writing to the next level.See more details below

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The go-to guide for finding those exceptional and unexpected words that will bring your writing to the next level.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
"One of the most distinctive features of the book is its use of proper names as synonyms."
Library Journal
Meltzer, a lawyer and adjunct professor of law, here attempts to serve writers and journalists by correcting what he perceives to be a failure of existing thesauri. Such tools, Meltzer avers, usually offer a string of synonyms as common as the entry word itself, thus rarely providing the perfect synonym and leaving our vocabulary unenhanced. As a corrective, he aims to provide uncommon synonyms often omitted from traditional thesauri. The entries are for common words often placed in a specific context (set in parentheses) and give the part of speech, the unusual synonym in bold type, and a quotation, showing the synonym used in publication. This volume may work as a vocabulary enhancement tool, but as a general English-language thesaurus it is of limited value only, as relatively few entry words are covered and many of those only in a specific context. The spirited arguments offered in the author's preliminary essay "In Defense of the Hard Word" notwithstanding, giving only unfamiliar synonyms limits the book's usefulness and makes it a poor choice to replace existing general thesauri. Bottom Line A better selection-and one serving the same function-is the recent Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus, a much larger and richer, if slightly more expensive, reference book that provides all the coverage of a traditional thesaurus and adds a number of useful enhancements to aid the working writer.-Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
John McWhorter
“This book will lend hours of pleasure—as well as help you preserve the highest layers of the English vocabulary.”
Erin McKean
“A million dollars’ worth of fifty-cent words.”
Dow Jones Newsletter
“Delves into the mostly untapped reservoir of the
English lexicon, offering readers more than top-of-mind word choices.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393337945
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Edition description:
Expanded Second Edition
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

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