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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 4 edition (29 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550105514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550105516
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'plethora of intriguing word lists'

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/robert-williams/english-language-evolution_b_1824192.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

(The Huffington Post)

'If someone says, "You butters muffin top. I'm going to defriend you, you oversharer," prepare yourself for an argument...[these] are just four of the new words and terms in the latest Chambers Thesaurus' (Sunday Times)

What We've Learnt This Week in Books: 'the publication this week of the updated edition of the Chambers thesaurus has provided a glimpse into the very latest contemporary culture.' (Sunday Times)

'The new words that may have a familiar ring: Celebutante, defriend and ringxiety. A thousand new words published in the Word Lover's Gallimaufry....a special section of the latest edition of the Chambers Thesaurus that focuses on how our language is evolving.' (Daily Mail)

'Like everything else in the modern world, our language is changing with breathtaking rapidity. Every time a new edition of a dictionary or thesaurus is brought out, there's a whole collection of new words and phrases that reflect contemporary life. The latest Chambers Thesaurus contains what they call a 'Word Lover's Gallimaufry', a reassuringly old-fashioned title for a hotchpotch (the literal meaning of gallimaufry) of the cutting-edge vernacular of today.' (The Independent)

'Ever been on a date with a gastrosexual who has shocked his vegetables? If you're not sure of the answer, the new edition of The Chambers Thesaurus can help'. (Waitrose Weekend)

'Just the spot for a little 'intexication'. The legions of Hongkongers learning to walk the walk a whole new way with their mobile phones better start learning to talk the talk. For the mobile generation's coming of age is recognised in the latest Chambers Thesaurus with a special Word Lover's Gallimaufry section.' (The Hong Kong Standard)

'Words like notspot, ringxiety and intexicated are among a list of 1,000 new words and phrases included in the Word Lover's Gallimaufry, a special section of the latest edition of the Chambers Thesaurus that focuses on how our language is evolving.' (News Track India)

'One of the attractions of the Chambers Thesaurus is that it is just a great book to browse and I spent many enjoyable hours browsing it. It packs in lots of words and is arranged alphabetically, making it easier to refer to.' (The Virtual Linguist)

'The many explanations, examples, nuances and quotations turn this into a wordsmith's goldmine (or a Goldsmith's wordmine!).

This Thesaurus is not just for Christmas; it's for life (or, until the next edition comes out!)'

(Rosie Goldsmith, Broadcaster and Journalist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The ideal easy-to-use guide - a quick-lookup paperback thesaurus to find alternative words.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MACAVITY on 1 Feb. 2014
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It is almost useless, and a waste of money. To be any use to a writer, or even a crossword addict, it has to be comprehensive, and this condensed edition is not. I simply cannot find most of the words I want, so have to keep going back to the complete edition. I need copies handy around the house, but this edition failed me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vitesse on 16 Nov. 2012
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We hadn't bought a thesaurus for 10 years, and being crossword fanatics, we needed a new one. It's is a lovely book. Can't recommend it highly enough
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacob1994 on 25 Feb. 2013
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As an amateur author, I have always been fascinated by words. Sad I know! I don't normally review items, but was incredibly pleased with this purchase, so much so that I felt obliged to inform other people about its brilliance. Firstly, I'd like to thank Amazon for their incredibly efficient delivery through 'Amazon Prime', the delivery came next day as promised and their packaging was very credible.
Now I have the boring bit out the way I would like to bore you with a soporific list of advantages. Zzz
Upon receipt of the package, I opened it, unveiled the masterpiece and caressed it for a few hours (my unusual ritual...) and my anal nature noticed a residue of glue on the spine and on the edges of a few pages. I did blubber a little, but then once I had recovered from my distressing ordeal, I noticed the glue scraped off with my fingernail. Phew! Tangent over. Addressing my point - I was struck by the quality of the book:
a. The dust cover is a dust cover, I personally hate them and prefer a book without one, but nonetheless it's still a dust cover - and a good one too.
b. The book oozes quality; the front cover feels weighty and substantial. The pages turn nicely, yes they are thin and will dog-ear easily if not looked after, but they need to be slender (or else the book would weigh a ton!).
c. Chambers is renown for its copious amount of words and being a concise, but easy, reference tool. I own both an Oxford thesaurus, and whilst the Oxford is nice, I prefer the Chambers - its feel, its conciseness, its easiness, the list goes on... In my humble opinion, Chambers are the holy grail of thesauri.
d. The book contains handy little quotes (miscellaneous and quite random albeit) and useful antonyms. The typeface is easy on the eye and visually elegant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Rothwell on 29 Dec. 2012
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I'd come to the conclusion that Chambers was the best thesaurus around from comparing my old, decrepit one with all the others available. Now I've got the new one and am astonished by it. First of all, what a beautiful book, just to look at. Then, what a comprehensive work it is! Couldn't be bettered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dark Horse on 16 Jun. 2013
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Everything that one would expect from a thesaurus. I had been looking around for something to help improve my written vocabulary, As an entry-level academic researcher this thesaurus has been and will continue to be a valuable asset, the only regret is I should have bought the hardback version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Dryden on 11 April 2015
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Just bought one of these. Total rubbish ! Why ?
The Dictionary started at page 39 with the word "barley"
There were no listings under the "A" section .
It would cost me more to send it back, than I may get as a rebate.
Wonder how many more of this issue are now floating around.
Amazon, in this case "Total Rubbish "
It does not deserve even a one star rating which I believe is required
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nellupian on 19 Sept. 2012
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Having had a previous edition that has worn out with daily use with solving crosswords, this new edition is even better in its scope and extent. Better than many competitors similar products, and the new centre advisory pages will help many users with document writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.Dorothy Matthews E.D.Matthews on 15 Feb. 2014
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My Oxford thesaurus had countries of the world and their capitals. Birds, rivers and a lot more information. This from a practical point of view is extremely heavy even though there is not as much info in it.
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