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