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ISBN13: 9780195170764
ISBN10: 0195170768
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Thesauri are a dime a dozen, but this special reference includes charming asides by respected authors, such as Francine Prose and Simon Winchester. Useful and entertaining!
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This brand new thesaurus from Oxford, the most trusted name in reference, is the first to be developed by writers, for writers.

In addition to the more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms found in the thesaurus, each of our distinguished editorial board members (including David Auburn, Michael Dirda, David Lehman, Stephin Merritt, Francine Prose, Zadie Smith, Jean Strouse, David Foster Wallace, and Simon Winchester) has contributed frank, funny, thoughtful, and, most of all, word-wise mini-essays on words that they particularly love, hate, admire, or are just plain puzzled by.

Even more helpful for writers in search of the perfect word, this new thesaurus contains nearly two hundred word banks, collections of nouns to add exact detail to your writing. (Was it just bread, or was it chapatti, rye, dal, or pita?) Brand-new word spectrums show where your word falls in a line between two polar opposites (passable is three-quarters of the way from beautiful to ugly).

Other features include quick guides to easily confused words; helpful, real-world usage guidance to tricky sticking points of grammar and word choice; and careful, expert distinctions among awkward synonyms.

The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus will unlock the power of language and is certain to be the thesaurus that says on the desk — and stays open.

Review:

"In the jargon of sportscasters The Oxford American Writers Thesaurus is a triple threat: It's a freshly conceived guide to finding just the right word, it's published by the greatest name in English reference books, and it offers thoughtful, amusing and provocative mini-essays on 240 favorite words by ten distinguished contemporary writers." Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize winning critic and longtime journalist for The Washington Post

Book News Annotation:

Contemporary trumping traditional format, the arrangement is alphabetical rather than topical. For each word, groups of words with similar meanings are presented, along with examples of their use. For each group of synonyms, an antonym is noted if appropriate. American authors contribute notes discussing nuances in the meaning and use of synonyms. A writer's reference section offers help with grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation, proofreaders marks, and prompts to inspire writing, all oriented to the peculiar American way of using English.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With essays, notes, and tips from some of today's most brilliant wordsmiths, this is the first thesaurus "for" writers, "by" writers.

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MJFLATH, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by MJFLATH)
I'm a published, free-lance writer, and when I first started writing, I relied on the classic Roget’s Thesaurus. However, the way it is set up made it somewhat difficult for me to understand and navigate. Finding what I wanted wasn’t always easy or quick. A number of years later I found The Synonym Finder, published by Rodale Press. Arranged in alphabetical order, it was a big improvement. But when I discovered the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus (Oxford University Press, I found a real gem. It soon became the only book of this type that I use.

Besides having a much wider variety of words, this volume also provides antonyms and often gives the origins of words. In addition, it tells how words are misused and how similar words are often confused. I especially enjoy the tidbits about the different meanings words have acquired and how the context and meaning of words change over time.

All of the above is not only tremendously interesting and helpful, but also, this book has enriched my writing in many different ways. I turn to it often and always open it was delicious anticipation of what I’ll discover. I recommend it highly.

Marjorie Flathers

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780195170764
Author:
Oxford
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Lindberg, Christine A.
Author:
Lindberg, Christine
Author:
null, Christine
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Thesauri
Subject:
Synonyms and antonyms
Subject:
Reference | English Dictionaries
Subject:
English language -- Synonyms and antonyms.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20041021
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1128
Dimensions:
7.2 x 10.1 x 2 in 3.85 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Thesauri are a dime a dozen, but this special reference includes charming asides by respected authors, such as Francine Prose and Simon Winchester. Useful and entertaining!

"Review" by , "In the jargon of sportscasters The Oxford American Writers Thesaurus is a triple threat: It's a freshly conceived guide to finding just the right word, it's published by the greatest name in English reference books, and it offers thoughtful, amusing and provocative mini-essays on 240 favorite words by ten distinguished contemporary writers."
"Synopsis" by , With essays, notes, and tips from some of today's most brilliant wordsmiths, this is the first thesaurus "for" writers, "by" writers.

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