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Part thesaurus, part dictionary, part glossary, part vocabulary builder, part logophile's delight, this unique wordbook can be used productively for both quick reference and browsing. The book, which first appeared as a software product for PCs under the title Inside Information (Microlytics, 1990), classifies approximately 65,000 words into seven general categories (Nature, Science and Technology, Domestic Life, Arts and Leisure, etc.), which in turn are divided into numerous subcategories and sub-subcategories. Under Eating, for instance, a major subdivision of Domestic Life, the user finds several headings, including Foods, Cooking and Cuisine, and Eating Verbs; under the last heading, such terms as bolt , chew , chow down , devour , engorge , inhale , masticate , pig out , and quaff are briefly defined. A detailed table of contents provides access to the classification scheme and an A-Z index lists all words included in the book. Sometimes the Word Menu fails. Just two examples: superlatives such as best, first-class, outstanding, topnotch, and world class are not included, nor is amniocentesis found under Pregnancy and Birth. Notwithstanding its limitations, this book is enthusiastically recommended for all libraries, even the smallest. Glazier, a brilliant amateur lexicographer who died in early 1992 at age 44, has created the first bona fide classification of the English language since the 19th century, when Peter Mark Roget, another talented amateur, made a lasting name for himself.
- Ken Kister, author of "Best Encyclopedias," Tampa, Fla.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Stephen Glazier. . . was a modern Roget."
--William Safire, The New York Times
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The 3x6" version is fine to tote to a library. But for serious writing, and your writing desk, find the full-fledged version.Published on Oct. 16 2002 by Ellis Godard
I do not write without it. Together with J.I. Rodale's The Synonym Finder and DK's Ultimate Visual Dictionary it completes the Trinity of word desk references. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002 by C.S. Haviland
For the amount of money I paid for this book, I wasn't expecting a great deal from it, but I was pleasantly surprised when I scanned through the list of contents, and found that it... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2001 by Amazon Customer
I've never found thesauri useful for anything, but the Word Menu is different -- it's sort of an anti-thesaurus. Read morePublished on June 30 2000 by alaska