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The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus Mass Market Paperback – February, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0877798507 ISBN-10: 0877798508 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 772 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster Mass Market; 1 edition (February 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877798508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877798507
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book looked brand new book came in just in time.
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She now uses her thesaurus every day and loves just looking for new words in it!
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I highly recommend it to writers and researchers of all levels.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By William R. Elenbark on October 13, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I got back into writing this year, I figured I needed a thesaurus more current than the old Random House College Edition Thesaurus, circa 1984, that was in my desk. And using [...] just didn't provide enough context to the words. This Webster Thesaurus was a cheap purchase which I figured would be easy to use - heck, a thesaurus is a thesaurus, right? I was wrong.

Using it for about a month now has been an endless source of frustration. Almost every word I seem to look up has a one sentence definition followed by a reference to another word, where the synonyms actually are. So I have to flip to that page. It is 667 pages long and yet it seems very few of the entries are actually useful. And when I finally get to a page with a lot of synonyms, I rarely seem to find the right word that I want, for whatever reason. Just a massive disappointment.

I'm currently deciding between The Oxford Writer's Thesaurus or Roget's College Thesaurus and when either of them arrive, I'm throwing this thesaurus into the trash. It's wasted much more time than it was worth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Grant on July 26, 2012
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In general, I find my old copy of Roget's Thesaurus -- the one with the index of words in the back -- to be the most useful thesaurus on my shelf. There's just something about having to choose the shade of meaning you want before looking at a list of synonyms. Plus there's the incredible organization of words by area of knowledge. But this isn't a review of that thesaurus.

This thesaurus is great when convenience and quick access to synonyms are essential. It's as fast as looking up words in a dictionary, compared to the old Roget's style which takes about twice as long. So that makes it useful when writing school papers, magazine or online articles. Probably also if you're writing "popular fiction" or pop songs. But if you're writing "literary fiction" or serious poetry -- when you really have time to find the right words -- I'd recommend the older Roget's type instead.

But it's a mass market paperback, designed for speed and convenience. For that, it succeeds in spades.

If you're interested in the history of dictionaries and thesauruses, you might enjoy the recent The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published. And if you simply love words and playing with them, check out THE Book of Word Games: Parlett's Guide to 150 Great and Quick-to-Learn Word Games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on November 8, 2013
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When I first got the book, it seemed too small to be useful, but when I opened it I found that the print was small. This makes it to where a lot is packed into a relatively small space. Works for me, but be aware of the small print if you have trouble reading anything that small.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AJSRome on August 17, 2013
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This book would be good for middle school aged to undergrad writers. Compact size would be easy to carry in a bookbag
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Perez on October 14, 2013
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It is perfect for young children to learn and reference to look up variety of words in elementary school years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R.P. Forsberg on March 7, 2014
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Great source and really helps us crossword fanatics and word fanatics. It is THE classic source, apart from Roget, but a matter of choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sissie on November 3, 2012
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Very good! For students of all ages. Sized right for bookbags. Some schools don't allow phone use so books are handy.
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By ChaosMom on September 11, 2014
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The standard in thesaurus':a must have for every home, every library. Paired with the Merriam Webster Dictionary this Thesaurus becomes a formidable writing tool offering several different alternative words for nearly every word in the English Language. I bought this for my granddaughter when teaching her how to keep a journal. She now uses her thesaurus every day and loves just looking for new words in it!
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