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Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus [Hardcover]

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Oct. 15 2008 0195342844 978-0195342840 Second Edition
This new edition of the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is more exceptional than ever, solidifying its place as the one thesaurus every writer (or aspiring writer) will want to have. It provides more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, with copious real-life example sentences and careful selection and ordering of the most relevant synonyms. Additional features include notes on American English usage and word spectrums showing the shades of meaning between polar opposites. The text is enhanced with thoughtful mini-essays on favorite words by ten noted contemporary writers--David Auburn, Michael Dirda, David Lehman, Erin McKean, Stephen Merritt, Francine Prose, Zadie Smith, Jean Strouse, David Foster Wallace, and Simon Winchester. This new edition has been updated and enhanced, including a new foreword by award-winning author Rick Moody. Additionally, the second edition introduces new Word Toolkits, which use an exciting visual display of information to demonstrate the nuances in meaning and use of closely related words. Also new to this edition is a center section including thematic word lists, as well as a comprehensive language guide with writing tips. The new features are based on findings from Oxford's groundbreaking language research program and the Oxford English Corpus. The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is truly (surely, certainly, unquestionably) the perfect tool for discriminating writers of all varieties looking for the perfect word.Praise for the first edition: "The best new array of synonyms around." --William Safire, The New York Times Magazine "In the jargon of sportscasters The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is a triple threat: It's a freshly conceived guide to finding just the right word, it's published by the greatest name in English reference books, and it offers thoughtful, amusing and provocative mini-essays on 240 favorite words by nine distinguished contemporary writers." --Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize winning critic and longtime journalist for The Washington Post "This very readable reference will help writers find the most precise word for their needs.... Current, thoughtful, and attractively formatted, this is an indispensable tool for writers." --School Library Journal (Starred Review) "Perhaps the thesaurus's most fascinating feature is lengthy lists of words that link opposites--fat and thin, comic and tragic, interesting and boring. With this book close at hand,no one will call you the thesaurus's ultimate synonym for writer: a hack." --Village Voice

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better Feb. 11 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this thesaurus along with The Synonym Finder and compared the two. I found The Synonym Finder far superior in all cases. While the Oxford Writer's was good, it wastes valuable space with unnecessary 'tips' and stories from contributing authors. In order to make space for these, it also saves space by deferring readers to other similar words in a few cases in stead of listing all synonyms for each and every word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than first edition Oct. 18 2008
By DorothyFan1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The new edition of the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is superior for several reasons...several of which were left out of the editorial review listed above.

1. I noticed the listing of the words have been updated. The listing of words are now printed in a slightly bolder typeface - making it easier to pick out the meaning.

2. The word headings themselves are slightly larger...again making it simpler to locate definitions on the page.

3. The page layout seems to be cleaner. When you open up any page...you'll quickly notice how much nicer the structured plan is for showing words.

There is one more caveat I'd like to mention. I believe this new version, although labeled "Second Edition", should be considered a revision to the first one and not realistically a new printing. I say this because the jacket description mentions the same number of words are incorporated, namely the listing of 300,000 synonyms. There is no mention of "new" synonyms added to this "Second" printing. Otherwise the editors of this edition would have mentioned the addition of newer synonyms added to this edition. Remember, The Synonym Finder, another good resource, has a much higher listing of synonyms than the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus...about 1.2 million.

Overall, the Second Edition to the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is a much cleaner, easier version to use.
42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better Feb. 11 2010
By Ralph A. Muench - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this thesaurus along with The Synonym Finder and compared the two. I found The Synonym Finder far superior in all cases. While the Oxford Writer's was good, it wastes valuable space with unnecessary 'tips' and stories from contributing authors. In order to make space for these, it also saves space by deferring readers to other similar words in a few cases in stead of listing all synonyms for each and every word.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, with real-life example sentences Dec 12 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Words are a writer's tools. The larger the writer's vocabulary the more options available for expressing ideas. That's why every dedicated writer seeking to master their craft will have a good thesaurus as a core part of their personal and professional reference shelf. Now in a completely updated second edition, the "Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus" provides more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, with real-life example sentences. enhanced with notes on American English usage by Bryan Garner, Word Spectrums showing shades of meaning between polar opposites, and a comprehensive language guide, The "Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus" is a core reference work suitable for professional authors and non-specialist general writers alike. This new edition also features Word Toolkits and Wordfinder, two invaluable aids that will help to define and delineate nuances of word usage. Simply stated, the "Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus" is a core and recommended addition for personal, professional, community, and school library Writing/Publishing reference collections.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Thesaurus But.... July 6 2010
By Sky Blue's mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just purchased the "Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus" less than one month ago. While I like it, I do find there are words "missing," i.e. words that I have actually looked up that aren't there! I don't think I have ever experienced this with a thesaurus before. Nonetheless,I use it, although I sometimes have to rely on my two other Oxfords (i.e., Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus" and the "Concise Oxford English Dictionary.") which I purchased through Amazon as well. Probably sometime down the road, I will buy a new edition of one of the "standby" thesauruses that I've had for years, and want a newer edition for:i.e, "Rogets," for example.
29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EH, it's just a thesaurus Jan. 11 2009
By theskeptic - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, it's a decent thesaurus. I have a few different ones, and this one seems fine. I don't know what makes it a "writer's" thesaurus per se... it's just an ordinary thesaurus as far as I can see. But it's OK.

However, it doesn't seem to even remotely approach Rodale's "The Synonym Finder" in completeness, so I don't understand why other reviewers are waxing batty over this one. It has a pleasant layout, nice on the eyes, but I still find myself turning to "The Synonym Finder" as my first choice. It's just bigger, bolder, and broader. "The Synonym Finder" is the real "writer's" thesaurus, if any one is.
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