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Do you find that your regular thesaurus spits out the same old words already running through your head? Are the lists boring, repetitive, and generally unhelpful? Peter E. Meltzer thought so and decided to create a unique thesaurus that would offer interesting, original synonyms along with contextual examples. He quotes from a range of recent media—including books ...

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The go-to guide for finding those exceptional and unexpected words that will bring your writing to the next level.
Do you find that your regular thesaurus spits out the same old words already running through your head? Are the lists boring, repetitive, and generally unhelpful? Peter E. Meltzer thought so and decided to create a unique thesaurus that would offer interesting, original synonyms along with contextual examples. He quotes from a range of recent media—including books and hundreds of magazines and newspapers—to reassure readers that though the words might be unfamiliar, they are all completely legitimate words in current use. The first edition was the top-selling thesaurus in the United States on numerous occasions. The second edition has been expanded by 50 percent and includes a new introduction that lays out the goals and methods of the thesaurus. This highly entertaining and informative book is truly a dream come true, not only for logophiles but for anyone wishing to enhance their writing through these wonderful words.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972993784
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    A New Approach

    A new approach to looking up just the needed word with a zest of intellectual zing added.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    This is my favorite thesaurus to use, and it has come in handy m

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Looks good

    Might as well get a sample

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