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The New Comprehensive American Rhyming Dictionary [Hardcover]

Sue Young
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April 1991 068810360X 978-0688103606

An essential tool for writers, poets, punsters, lyricists, wits, and language lovers everywhere!

THE NEW COMPREHENSIVE AMERICAN RHYMING DICTIONARY is, by far, the sassiest, most fun, complete andup-to-date book of its kind on the market. This remarkablecompendium contains over 65,000 words, phrases, andcolloquialisms--a gold mine of rhyme certain to aid anddelight everyone who works with language, from the amateurpoet to the professional wordsmith.

  • Why rhyme "moon" with "June"...when you can use "Brigadoon", "Daniel Boone", or "picayune" instead?

  • A cornucopia of rhymes for exasperating, difficult-to-match words...such as "system", "hemophilia", and "Khrushchev".

  • Easy-to-use and read, with entries arranged by sound rather than spelling.

  • Authoritative and up-to-the-minute...including the latest in slang, idioms and buzz words.

    Whether you're a composer searching for the perfect songlyric or a wit who revels in constructing limericks, here isyour key to a bold new world of creative cleverness-an idealreference book for the Cole Porter in all of us!

  • --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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    Having used various rhyming dictionaries in the past and found them "difficult to work with, unimaginative, and terribly outdated," Young conceived and compiled her own over a 20-year period. Notable among the 65,000 entries are slang, colloquialisms, phrases, and near-rhymes (pretty/giddy, lemon/women) such as those used by rappers. A student of linguistics, Young employs a simple system of letters to signify sounds, and she groups rhymes by number of syllables. The rhymes reflect variations in American speech. Unlike some rhyming dictionaries, this one omits frequently added matter such as principles of prosody or advice on versification. Users of rhyming dictionaries prefer one over the others due to familiarity, format, or vocabulary; likely many wordsmiths, lyricists, and poets will come to favor this new and entertaining version.
    - William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
    Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful- inventive phrases Sept. 21 2003
    I use this book often to write poetry. It is helpful that it has many phrases that I would not usually think of on my own.
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    I bought this, not too long ago, for a friend of mine who is a high school English teacher. She raves about how helpful it is to her in class and how much the kids enjoy using it.
    She has stressed its value so much that I now feel it is a must for my reference library. After all we've all been there, trying to find a rhymne for that odd word. It's like trying to think of a synonym something and there not a thesaurus to be found.
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    Outstanding book, both in the usage presented (contemporay as the title suggests) and the presentations of rhyming words by phonetics. Highest recommendations!!!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Best on the Bookshelf Jan. 2 2000
    I don't usually write rhymed poetry; however, when I do, this book is invaluable. The slang expressions are especially appreciated. I've bought copies for several of my writer friends and they tell me they don't know how they've ever done without it. Buy it now!
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