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The Concise Roget's International Thesaurus 6th Edition Mass Market Paperback – Jun 3 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 6 Reprint edition (June 3 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060094796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060094799
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,218,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D., is a lexicographer who has authored or compiled more than twenty books, including the Dictionary of American Slang (with Robert L. Chapman), The Order of Things, Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary, and the bestselling 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. She received her doctorate in linguistics from England's University of Exeter.

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This is another book to add to your personal library if you are the type of person who has ever had to find that special word that says it all.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9c9014a4) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c89803c) out of 5 stars Roget's International -- the crossword addict's best friend April 12 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
First off I think Roget's Thesaurus is the best book ever written. I use various versions constantly.
Roget's International Thesaurus, with its index in the back for locating words, is for me as a crossword addict and professional writer the most helpful thesaurus.
The other versions have alphabetized entries like a dictionary and give you far fewer words from which to choose.
My old edition is so worn out the cover has fallen off. My only criticism is that I wish it would be printed in hardback.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8984a4) out of 5 stars Less than expected but still far better than the rest March 27 2009
By Marne Lierman - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After loosing my older edition of a Roget's Thesaurus that I acquired several years ago, I was thrilled to get my hands on the newest release. I love the set up, and that there are so many more words than other thesauruses, but am quite disappointed with the index.

In the earlier edition I owed, almost half of the book was made up of the index, I am pretty sure nearly every word in the thesaurus was listed in the there. And although it was a lot to get through to find a single word, it was useful for other things, such as a finding the spelling of a word, or perusing through a section when I couldn't think of exactly what word was coming to mind.

The index in this edition is pathetic by comparison. It takes up less than five percent of the size of the book. Automatically, that tells me that only about five percent of the words in the book are indexed, which is a terrible waste. Why even have an index at that point?

I do not intend do stop using this thesaurus just because I can no longer trust the index to be a great source of help. I'm sure I'll eventually learn how to locate words using the Synopsis of Categories at the beginning of the book. But I will greatly miss the extensive index of my previous edition.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8984c8) out of 5 stars Very useful, it is like the Bible of words. Nov. 3 2006
By Can Dincer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a copywriter and I find this thesaurus very useful. It has a different approach to wording. The only thing is that rarely you might not be finding a word you are looking for, yet, it is creative and it works well. I would recommend this thesaurus to every writer or student preparing their projects or writing their essays.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8987ec) out of 5 stars How drunk were the indexers? Sept. 1 2012
By Happy Jackie - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The index of this volume is a disaster. As another reviewer has pointed out, the index covers but a portion of the entries. Whole categories are omitted -- e.g. "Success" (409) does not appear at all. And what is there is often misleading, if not outright wrong -- e.g., "Really" is indexed as "astonishment" and "yes" (with no parts of speech), whereas a key entry, under Existence, is missing.

Almost as bad, words are indexed as the wrong part of speech (e.g., "loquacious" as a verb, "change one's mind" as a noun) and as the wrong lexical element (since when has "businessman" been a synonym of "businesswoman" or "misbehavior" of "good behavior"?); words are double indexed (two separate occurrences of "aloof" appear under "distant"; two instances of "slipshod" under "slovenly"), and key meanings are omitted (e.g., there is no entry for playing music under "play").

"lucky charm" is indexed between "lowest common denominator" and "low grade."

Finally, there are numerous typographical errors in reference numbers, in both the body of the work and the index.

There is so much more. I just picked out some of the things I have noted over time.

My version of the sixth edition is actually hardback, with a different cover from the one shown. Its copyright date is 2001.

Did I accidentally buy a version that had been recalled due to the horrible damage it was doing to the psyches of people who actually care about the language?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c898918) out of 5 stars Not my favorite one. July 9 2012
By Phawnda Moore - Published on
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An older version, "The New American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form" is my all-time favorite. But I thought it was time for a more recent edition. Very disappointed in this LITTLE book. Be sure to note the dimensions; it's amazing what an inch or so (or lack of) does. The new version is printed on a grey stock with small type and is hard to read. I also wish they'd kept the basic page numbers. It's an excellent resource and I use a thesaurus often in editing, but this is not one I reach for because of these "small" things.