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Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (Reference Books)

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An edition of "Roget's Thesaurus", fully revised and updated for the millennium.
Paperback, 736 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1852)
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Ian GalaDali
Deux Semillon and a Serve of Monstrachet

Manny and I finally met on middle, if not neutral, ground, France, on my recent sojourn to Le Old World.

He shared with me the secrets of his delight in book-hunting in Paris.

Naturally, he endeavoured to distract me with children's literature, while he scoured the shelves, tables and barrows for erotic material that would yield at least one erection per euro or franc or whatever the universal currency of le porn softe oder concrete is nowadays. (I know, and
Sep 11, 2010 notgettingenough rated it it was ok
Sorry, I just don't get it, understand it, grasp it, make the connection, dig it, comprehend it.

The reason each word exists is that it is its own thing. By definition the thesaurus is telling you to do something wrong: to replace a word with something that isn't quite right.

I'm not going to say any more, but I DEMAND that you go here and watch/listen to The Thesaurus Song:

It's brilliant, wonderful, fantastic, the best, get the idea.
Christopher Hawkes
Sometimes I feel bad for the reference sections in bookshops and libraries. They’re like the dull grandfathers that children avoid at Christmas. Sales are steady but unenthusiastic and no one rushes home to read them. And there they fare even worse. Their dust jackets tear, their spines break and are repaired with masking tape. They weigh down objects being glued and are flicked through indelicately during games of Scrabble. Like usurped kings, they collect dust and dander on the bottom shelves ...more
Patricia Burroughs
This is the original Roget's Thesaurus from the year 1852, reprinted in its original typeface and spellings in the year 1992 by Bloomsbury Books. What a find. Most words haven't changed much, but there are enough that are different to make this a fabulous resource for writers who want to know what words were in common usage in the 19th Century.

I was thrilled to get my hands on this copy and love it as the anchor of my collection (until I get one that was actually published in 1852!).
Sep 02, 2009 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The older the Roget's the better, the words in my great-grandfather's 1920 copy would stimulate anyone to write with more glee and precision.

One can explore the 1911 Roget's online here:
Apr 12, 2015 Michael marked it as reference  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Venabelle Williams
I received this ancient tome in the mail from a relative. At first I couldn't imagine why they had sent me a book barely held together with electrical tape, something that would have been weeded from any library decades ago. Then I opened the cover and discovered that there was a plate glued to it, identifying it as a book from "ye library of" with my mother's maiden name printed below those words. I guess that makes it an heirloom, although one that isn't too likely to survive to another genera ...more
I will always feel sentimental towards this book - it's been with me since I was in Standard 9. And even though I rather use these days, this book was there at the beginning, and I hope to be buried with it in my hand!
Scribble Orca
Oct 22, 2010 Scribble Orca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Whenever I'm short of something to read, which is often, I end up back inside Roget's Thesaurus.
Anton Angelo
Jun 09, 2012 Anton Angelo rated it it was amazing
The one book that always, _always_ sits on my desk.
Mark McKay
Mar 31, 2010 Mark McKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indispensable to a poet. Crossword solver. Anyone really.
Alex Roe
Apr 20, 2014 Alex Roe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-haves
Brilliant! All writers must have a copy! One of my favourite reference books of all time!
Richard Thomas
Nov 28, 2014 Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
A most useful reference book and occasional browser.
Oct 21, 2012 nanto marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thesaurus ini dibeli dengan iming-iming saya akan bisa memahami sistem klasifikasi yang memudahkan pengelompokan kata. Berkesa sistem yang sangat "struktural" sekali. Dengan harapan itu saya pergi ke Gramedia MTA dan membelinya dengan gaji pertama dulu. Namun sapa nyana, sampai sekarang saya belum paham juga untuk memahami sistem itu. Thesaurus ini tetap saya baca layaknya thesaurus lain yang menautkan kata secara "induktif". Semoga saya bisa belajar dari yang sudah paham tentang sistem klasifik ...more
Apr 23, 2008 Patrick\ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becoming ever more important as my hair gets whiter - and thinner. A work from the compuslive who could only find relaxation in lists, here is the essential reference book for serious word users. Lots of editions/variants out there, but I would think it makes little difference which to choose - unless a technical thesaurus is required - in which instant this review would be of no help.
Steven Peterson
Jan 13, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A useful tool for me (and many others). Sometimes, I need to find a word to express something. There are those days when my Muse is not scintillating and a tool is needed to provide a little sizzle to my prose. And this thesaurus can help do the trick! A constant companion in my writing. . . .
Feb 27, 2010 Richard marked it as reference  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I also have the New Roget's Thesaurus. Have no idea how I ended up with two of these.
Apr 23, 2008 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
No idea where I got this... you must be careful, as the term 'Roget' is no longer under copyright protection. Anyone with a list of words can put out a thesaurus and call it Roget's... Get the original if you like Mr. Roget's quirky and wholly original classification system.
May 08, 2012 Lili rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback, reference
Couldn't do without it! Looking through my entries I still think it is one of the books that is essential for the writer.
May 03, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to find a word to describe just how useful this book can be.
Jul 17, 2012 Bev rated it it was amazing
Dear Roget
How do I love you?
Let me count the ways:-))
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“792. Thief.-- N. thief, robber, homo trium literarum, pilferer, rifler, filcher, plagiarist.

spoiler, depredator, pillager, marauder; harpy, shark, land-shark, falcon, moss-trooper, bushranger, Bedouin, brigand, freebooter, bandit, thug, dacoit, pirate, corsair, viking, Paul Jones; buccan-eer, -ier; piqu-, pick-eerer; rover, ranger, privateer, filibuster; rapparee, wrecker, picaroon; smuggler, poacher, plunderer, racketeer.

highwayman, Dick Turpin, Claude Duval, Macheath, knight of the road, foodpad, sturdy beggar; abductor, kidnapper.

cut-, pick-purse; pick-pocket, light-fingered gentry; sharper; card-, skittle-sharper; crook; thimble-rigger; rook, Greek, blackleg, leg, welsher, defaulter; Autolycus, Cacus, Barabbas, Jeremy Diddler, Robert Macaire, artful dodger, trickster; swell mob, chevalier d'industrie; shop-lifter.

swindler, peculator; forger, coiner, counterfeiter, shoful; fence, receiver of stolen goods, duffer; smasher.

burglar, housebreaker; cracks-, mags-man; Bill Sikes, Jack Sheppard, Jonathan Wild, Raffles, cat burglar.

[Roget's Thesaurus, 1941 Revision]”
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