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More than a thesaurus, 11 Dec. 2002
I have been delighted to have had the chance of browsing through the latest publication from Collins. The Collins Thesaurus is much more than a list of synonyms. I have been able to compare its entries with my copy of Roget and with the lists given in Bradford's Crossword Dictionary and the Collins wins nine times out of ten. Firstly, words are listed in alphabetical order, not as thematic groupings. This makes it easier to use. Secondly, each entry is not limited to the list of synonyms. There are also lists of opposites, where appropriate, associated quotations and proverbs and illustrative examples of usage. Related words are indicated so that you can follow up your search elsewhere in the book. It includes helpful advice on usage. For example in the entry for foment it adds - "Both foment and ferment can be used to talk about stirring up trouble: he was accused of fomenting/fermenting unrest. Only ferment can be used intransitively or as a noun: his anger continued to ferment (not foment)". Of course, you already knew that - but the usage is well explained with really relevant examples
Also, positioned in alphabetical order are almost a thousand lists, from Acids to Zoologists and including, as well as the useful Presidents of the United States or Administrative Regions of France, some more esoteric such as Edible Sugars, Socks and Tights and Sexual Practices. These lists are really comprehensive. For example, in Collins the list of horses far exceeds the list in Bradford. It lists the breeds from Akhal-Teke to Zaimatukas and then adds types of horses, wild horses, extinct horses, legendary horses as well as colours, markings, gaits, parts, equipment, perissodactyls and people associated with horses. Elsewhere you can also find a whole page of equestrian terms and events. It is these list that would make the book a delight for the crossword solver and a valuable resource for the compiler.
Collins Thesaurus is a substantial book. An elegant hard-back, slightly larger than Chambers, it has 1133 pages packed with fascinating insights...