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The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus

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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 S
Hardcover, 1088 pages
Published October 21st 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Taylor Collins
Mar 03, 2009 Taylor Collins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
One of those books that I can't imagine living without. Several great writers contributed to the notes and the lists are invaluable when you need just the one thing you can't find otherwise. This one has several book marks in it - I'm one of those who actually bookmarks a dictionary - as poems in progress sometimes have to wait!

The assembled group of editors share interesting word notes making this resource fun to read on those days when you just need to absord. High on my list as anti-Alzheimer
Meghan Pinson
Nov 06, 2010 Meghan Pinson rated it it was amazing
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So smart. Shamelessly opinionated. My favorite quote (so far) is on the back of the book.

This is a puff-word. Since it does nothing that gold old "use" doesn't do, its extra letters and syllables don't make a writer seem smarter. Rather, using "utilize" makes you seem like either a pompous twit or someone so insecure that he'll use pointlessly big words in an attempt to look smart. The same is true for the noun "utilization," for "vehicle" as used for "car," for "residence" as used for "h
Mar 10, 2008 PJ rated it it was amazing
This should be at every writer's side. Along with serving the standard thesaurus duties, it injects reality into word usages that people use to attempt to sound smarter. It skewers jargon words like "utilize" and jargon phrases like "at the present time" to help writers become more efficient with the language. The explanations may be a little painful for some, but they are valuable lessons.

I especially enjoy a word spectrum feature that offers lists of words from one extreme meaning to the other
Sep 30, 2007 Ryan rated it really liked it
Snobbery at its most refined.
Jan 03, 2008 Michel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who writes
A must for good writing.
JB Lynn
Jul 07, 2014 JB Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thorough resource I keep on hand when I catch myself using the same words repeatedly. I also like the hard cover because it lies open better on my desk when I want to leave a certain page open for reference.
Benjamin Vineyard
Jun 24, 2015 Benjamin Vineyard rated it it was amazing
A Thesaurus is one of my favorite things to read. It's like a choose your own adventure where words and their synonyms spark old memories and new dreams. I take those paths.

A good thesaurus can really make a fire in you. This one is at the top of the list, though in a day of digital readers, this sucker is a bookshelf monstrosity -- not something you'll pack around with you. So I keep mine right next to my writing desk, close enough that it can almost whisper, "Hey, come here -- I'll tell you t
Use this all the time.
Aug 20, 2008 Phyllis rated it it was amazing
This is a valuable tool. It is better than a thesaurus for two reasons. 1) It features comments about words from all kinds of writers--the comments are helpful and entertaining. It also has these interesting synonym continuums for very commonly used words. Makes a great gift! Get one for yourself or a friend.
This was selected as an Outstanding Reference Source for 2005. For the complete list, go to
Aug 01, 2011 Brian rated it it was amazing
One of those invaluable tools for us writers. Much better than any online thesaurus. Do yourself a favor and pick one up, you won't regret it.
Kay Sterner
Jul 27, 2008 Kay Sterner rated it it was amazing
I use this reference book at work and I couldn't survive without it.
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