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The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words

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The go-to guide for finding those exceptional and unexpected words that will bring your writing to the next level.

Do you find that your regular thesaurus spits out the same old words already running through your head? Are the lists boring, repetitive, and generally unhelpful? Peter E. Meltzer thought so and decided to create a unique thesaurus that would offer interesting
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Paperback, 672 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published September 28th 2005)
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Janice Williams
From the back cover: "This entertaining and informative reference features only sophisticated and surprising alternatives to common words together with no-fail guides to usage. Avoiding traditional thesauruses' mundane synonym choices, Peter E. Meltzer puts each word--whether it's sciolistic, misoneist, orabulia--in context by using examples from a broad range of recent books, periodicals, and newspapers."

The above is an accurate description of this book. Here are a few interesting examples:

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Lance Schaubert
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We like words here, don’t we?

Chuh-huh… yeah! That’s why today’s fantastic point of ignorance goes out to all of you wordsmiths, literators, storyweavers and spelling bee champions out there. I asked for free stuff this Christmas, things like carols and cider and snow cones and oral stories involving hearts five sizes too small but my Grandma’s a gift giver like most of my family. She bought me a copy of The Thinker’s Thesaurus.

Touché, grann
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Stacie
Love it. A great Thinking, philosophers guide. Wish I had this in college. Much more useful to me than a normal thesaurus.
Audrey
The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Synonyms for Basic Words, by Peter Meltzer, goes beyond the realm of what we think a "thesaurus" should be by providing us with a level of useful words that exceeds what we've become used to in a normal thesaurus. The thesaurus that most of us are accustomed to suggests words that can be boring and repetitive. Meltzer gives us words contained in recent media, books and hundreds of newspapers and magazines to whet our appetite for more useful and dynamic wor ...more
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Feb 18, 2013 Rachel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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The go-to guide for finding those exceptional and unexpected words that will bring your writing to the next level.

Do you find that your regular thesaurus spits out the same old words already running through your head? Are the lists boring, repetitive, and generally unhelpful? Peter E. Meltzer thought so and decided to create a unique thesaurus that would offer interesting, original synonyms along with contextual examples. He quotes from a range of recent media—including books and hundreds of mag
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