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Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (Penguin Reference) Paperback – 5 Aug 2004

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 150Anniversary Ed edition (5 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140515038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140515039
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the English language's greatest achievements' -- Guardian

'The indispensable guide to the English language' -- Daily Express

About the Author

Peter Mark Roget created a classed catalogue of words on a small scale in 1805 for his own use as a writer and lecturer. However, it was only after retiring from the duties of Secretary of the Royal Society that he was able to amplify the volume and create the now famous 1852 edition. Since then, Roget's Thesaurus has been updated many times, but Roget's original classification system for the book has stood the test of time and is still used today. George Davidson is a highly experienced editor and lexicographer, and a former senior editor at Chambers Harrap. He edited the 150th anniversary edition of Roget and is currently writing a Pocket Roget Thesaurus. He lives in Edinburgh.


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This edition replaced my battered 1962 version and is predictably much more comprehensive including many new words and phrases. Its layout is much clearer with better spacing but the format is essentially the same. The main innovation is the introduction of literary quotations and text boxes. The latter includes lists of cheeses, cocktails, wines and grapes, chemical elements and terms used in particle physics; all essential for crossword addicts. I am not sure of the value of "It is quite a three-pipe problem" (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) under 459 Enquiry but the quotes add interest to searches. Highly recommended.
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It is rare to encounter such a well considered and helpful reference work. The thesaurus is based on the work of Peter Roget's original 1852 manuscript and is structured by six classes of word meanings which are later cross referenced in the index. This arrangement is useful for exploring ideas and is a great pleasure to use. The 150th Anniversary Edition includes new modern vocabulary and several interesting essays explaining the history, purpose and ideas behind the book. This item comes highly recommended as an excellent desk reference.
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This book is extremely useful to all - students, scholars and for general family use. It is easy to use and the thumb indexed edition is especially helpful for speeding up your search. I would recommend this book to anyone who does English or Journalism, or for anyone simply wishing to improve their range of vocabulary. This is the best thesaurus I have come across.
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I bought this copy after my old one literally fell to bits after years of constant use. The content is the same so it has the potential to provide one with a huge variety of different words and phrases in the same way my beloved previous copy did. However, I gave it two stars only as the print is SO small that I had to give up using it after five minutes. I would strongly recommend you buy an edition that you can acually SEE.
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Before buying this I read several reviews, but missed a vital point. It is clearly well organised for assisting with speech or creative writing, but this makes it a bit tricky to navigate if all you really want is lists of alternative words.
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When my old Roget's wore out, I hesitated to buy another – aren't there free on-line services which do the same thing? Wrong. The Penguin Reference Roget's is infinitely superior to the on-line thesaurus services. By narrowing down the scope of the word you're looking for in the index (eg "tired" is subdivided into "inactive", "sleepy" or "fatigued") you rapidly reach exactly the synonyms or related words you're looking for. If you want to improve your English vocabulary and write with concision and style, the printed book remains unbeatable. It's also fun to browse, and makes a great gift.
Conclusion: after 150 years, still a powerful writing tool.
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I bought my first Penguin version of the Roget's Thesaurus, second hand, during my 2nd year at seniors school.

Since then I bought and worn out 3 further copies. Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (Penguin Reference) is my 4th copy. I've looked at and used other thesauruses (or thesauri depending on your dictionary) and always found this incarnation the easiest to use.

In most cases, books are beginning to lose out to their on-line brethren but I feel that this book gives you a much greater and easier access to similar words than any on-line version I've used.

Amazon's price also makes it almost a crime NOT to buy a copy for your home - your kids will love you for it!!!!!
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Decided to replace my 1970's edition of this and am delighted with new version, easy to use and full of useful phrases. Great for my crosswords when I need a little help!
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