The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Third Edition)

The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Third Edition)

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by Peter E. Meltzer
     
 

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With over twenty percent more material, a must for any lover of distinctive words.

This entertaining and informative reference features sophisticated and surprising alternatives to common words together with no-fail guides to usage. Avoiding traditional thesauruses’ mundane synonym choices, Peter E. Meltzer puts each word—whether it’s

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With over twenty percent more material, a must for any lover of distinctive words.

This entertaining and informative reference features sophisticated and surprising alternatives to common words together with no-fail guides to usage. Avoiding traditional thesauruses’ mundane synonym choices, Peter E. Meltzer puts each word—whether it’s protrepic, apostrophize, iracund, or emulous—in context by using examples from a broad range of contemporary books, periodicals, and newspapers. His new introduction makes the case for why we should widen our vocabulary and use the one right word. This groundbreaking thesaurus remains a unique venture, one that enriches your writing while helping you find the perfect word.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393338973
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
805,335
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter E. Meltzer, the author of the best-selling The Thinker’s Thesaurus and So You Think You Know Baseball?, is an attorney and a former professor at Rutgers University School of Law.

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Thinker's Thesaurus 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deserves more the 5 stars, covers a wide variety of common words, gives recent examples of usage in major publications, the only thesaurus I use and trust, solves the common thesaurus problem of improper usage, if anyone rates this less than 5- it's because they aren't thinkers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Might as well get a sample
Guest More than 1 year ago
A new approach to looking up just the needed word with a zest of intellectual zing added.
HaydenPaige More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite thesaurus to use, and it has come in handy many a time.  Sometimes a simple word just does not do a situation justice! It really is not one for common use, as the words that it brings up are simply not common words, but they can be useful. 5/5 for pure originality!
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