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The New Comprehensive American Rhyming Dictionary Hardcover – Apr 1991


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068810360X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688103606
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,056,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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used various rhyming dictionaries in the past and found them "difficult to work with, unimaginative, and terribly outdated," Young conceived and compiled her own over a 20-year period.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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Format: Paperback
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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I write lyrics for musical theater and like this dictionary the best. I like it because it includes a lot of slang and idiomatic phrases and cliches. Cliches are good to use because they communicate so smoothly and effectively. But you have to be careful where you use them. For example, you don't want to compliment a woman with a cliche. Usually they're best as the last line.
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By A Customer on Nov. 28 1998
Format: Paperback
There are so many uses for this book. You definitely don't need to be a song writer to enjoy it. It's just plain fun! Almost every word that you look up has MANY other rhyming words, and phrases that you could use in your lyrics. Slang words often come out with the funniest rhyming words. I recomend that you share this book with your friends for a laugh on every page!
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By A Customer on June 21 1999
Format: Paperback
I write song lyrics and poetry, and this is the fourth copy of this book I've bought. I keep wearing out my copies because I use them so much. Also, I like to have a copy at work, one at home and one at my vacation cabin. This is the easiest to use rhyming dictionary I've found, and I like the slang expressions it includes.
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