If you do a lot of writing…
…you probably already have a dictionary and a thesaurus, maybe more than one of each.
I love a thesaurus, especially a good one. This one is much better than good.
And I like it in book form so that I can look up words in it without having to switch screens on my computer monitor. I like the ease of flipping pages as opposed to searching on my Kindle or PC.
So what’s so super about it? Well…
It’s alphabetically arranged.
It has more than 400,000 synonyms and antonyms.
It has a reverse dictionary: You can look up things you know about but can remember the name of.
It includes sample sentences and clarifying quotes.
From the back cover of the paperback edition: “a must-have for every writer’s desk” with “more features than any other word reference” and “The next time that elusive, just-right word or phrase is on the tip of your tongue, reach for Roget’s Super Thesaurus.” (Not bad copy.)
It even capitalizes words that should be in your vocabulary.
But you know what I especially like? It includes what it calls “minor words” as alphabetized main entries. You know, words that are common, colloquial, conversational, street language, casual, vernacular, chatty, homey, simple and often spicy. Informal words as well as the usual, formal terms.
Words like these:
- on edge
- tinhorn and
- sponge (verb form: mooch, beg, cadge, bum, freeload, scrounge).
Now that I have it and use it daily, I wouldn’t be without it. It’s one of the reference books for writing smart. Highly recommended.
Roget’s Super Thesaurus, 4th Edition, by Mark McCutcheon, Writer’s Digest Books, 2010, ISBN 978-1-58297-999-1 (paperback).