- Hardcover: 896 pages
- Publisher: Readers Digest (November 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895770237
- ISBN-13: 978-0895770233
- Package Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.2 x 2.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Family Word Finder: A New Thesaurus of Synonyms and Antonyms in Dictionary Form Hardcover – November, 1975
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a great reference book for finding words and their meanings, and their roots.
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Searching for a word is easy, just as I'd hoped. However, half the words I tried to find are simply absent. It might make a nice gift for a grade-schooler. Too bad I don't know one.
Back to Roget's.
I had never seen or heard of "The Family Word Finder" and since it was in virtually pristine condition;it caught my attention.I thumbed through it for a few minutes and immediately realized it was like no other dictionary or Thesaurus that I knew of. At the grand price of $2,I had no hesitation in taking it.It was obviously a donated book,since it showed no wear or use at all.After getting home,I sat down with it and was astounded with what an invaluable and useful book it was.Since it had was published in 1975;I thought it was an old edition and had been republished again more recently.I looked it up here on Amazon,and lo and bekold, it was still available ,and still being sold in that edition. I can only conclude that it was so well done the first time ,that there was no point in redoing it again.However;the one question that remains with me is how come it is not better known.This book was published by Reader's Digest, who have also published many other fine books that for some reason don't receive the recognition they deserve.Another great publisher,National Geographic ,also comes to mind.I am an avid Birdwatcher,and I can say ,without hesitation,that they have also published the best all-round,popular "Field Guide to the Birds of North America";though I digress.
The title "Word Finder" describes to a tee what this book is.While it is a Dictionary and a Thesaurus;it is much more than that.It also gives Antonyms when discussing a word and a short sentence using the word.When a word has several different meanings ,they are all covered.Along with that it gives Word Origins,Pronounciation tips in an excellent, simple manner,Word Usage Notes,Spelling tips,applicable quotations using the word,short "sidebars titled "Exploring the Word", etc.
As a result ,when you look up a word you get a wealth of information about that word,that would take a lot of other references and time ;and so easy to use.
I am very impressed with this book and I am sure anyone who likes language,words, quotations etc.,will find it very useful and a treasure as well.
Who doesn't have trouble in the use of the words "lay" and "lie"? This book goes into the usages of similar words ,with excellent examples of use. That's how I came up with my title.