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  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019861425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198614258
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin Dickinson VINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2008
If you write a bit, have one of these by your side. For one thing, it's a book. That may sound obvious, but it's an actual, physical, tangible thing, made of card and paper and stuffed with print and, yes, it feels good too, which counts for a lot these days. Unlike the many plastic software equivalents - which have below-zero charm and humanity, and will do nothing to improve your mood or indeed your writing - this wonderful little package will, I promise, become an essential writing tool, able to turn even the most unpromising material into something appreciably better.

Okay, I'm not particularly interested in the specifics of the OXFORD PAPERBACK THESAURUS, save to say that Oxford, and possibly Collins, are the best of their type. I'm just glad it fits into my back pocket and does what it says on the tin, so to speak. And that's the bottom line: this is an excellent and user-friendly dictionary of synonyms and, it must be said, considerably more portable than any laptop. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Luddite who thinks we should all revert back to pencil and pad or even ink and parchment. No, that would be silly. It's about keeping technology in perspective. So with that in mind...

Feeling pretentious, precocious or obnoxious? Hey, a thesaurus can help...provided you understand the rules, which boil down to nothing more than good old common sense, and a feel for the material at hand. But if you do happen to get carried away, well, you may just find yourself unwittingly dropped flat on your arse without mercy, so be careful what you wish for. And how you articulate it.

Try it, though. That's what I'm really saying. If you love the language but need, on occasion, to express yourself with a bit more imagination or clarity, then this is the way to go. Once you get used to using it you'll never look back.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

NOTE: A (paperback) thesaurus was used in the creation of this review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Smith on 20 Feb. 2010
This is a great book to have handy when searching for a particular word. It even gives alternatives that quite often fits the subject better. It is easy to use, even acts like a dictionary when you don't know how to spell the word you are searching for! This book is ideal for writing letters, reports and even dissitations! I would recommend it to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andreea on 30 Jan. 2010
I really like the Thesaurus, it is very easy to find the words, has many items and is perfect for cryptic crosswards, writing up papers and articles, and pretty much everything else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By june on 7 Jan. 2012
my friend had an expensive hard backed book and it fell apart after a short while so i got her this one at a fraction of the price its just as good
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By bonjovi on 17 Mar. 2012
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I have never had a copy of a Thesaurus before, so it has been interesting looking through it. The information is precise and easy to understand. I am looking forward to making full use of it in the near future.
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By The Fridge on 16 Nov. 2014
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As an amateur writer I use this conveniently sized edition everyday! It sits quietly by my laptop and completes most of the tasks I set it. You are unlikely to find a more obedient companion...
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By Evie on 13 Nov. 2011
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My son asked for a 'thesaurus' for college. He is very pleased with as it is easy to use/understand and ideal size for carrying in his bag. Right decision made on buying this.++++++
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By johnplumb on 4 Jan. 2012
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as a crossword nut i needed a good thesaurus and having used it for awhile i am quite impressed, has helped on many occasions,and although it was used was in good condition.
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