on 14 February 2010
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.
on 4 April 2003
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.
on 5 August 2009
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.
on 14 December 2005
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.
on 30 April 2010
Disappointing to bad update of Roget's magnificent work. The price of a few contemporary words (some already out of use) is the loss of swathes of older terms. The reason for removing words seems to be an ill-defined and inconsistent sense of obsolescence or 'old-fashionedness'; but the presence of such words alongside words in popular usage is one of the values of the thesauraus Roget created. Example: section 794, Merchant. WORDS REMOVED(compared to an older Roget): merchant prince, merchant venturer, liveryman, livery company, concern, slaver, slave trader, wholesale merchant, chandler, stock-jobber, share-pusher, company promoter, moneychanger, cambist, tradesfolk, regrater, storekeeper, monger, provision merchant, rag-and-bone man, itinerant tradesman, colporteur, chapman, cheapjack, coster, huckster, sutler, vivandiere. Some are obsolete (stock-jobber - just - and thankfully slave trader - the Society for the Abolition of Slavery would disagree)); some are historically important (merchant prince, merchant venturer); some are restricted in usage but still current (livery and the City of London}; some are simply no longer in current usage (chapman, sutler); some are barely out of usage (no rag-and-bone men but endless repeats of Steptoe and Son on satellite TV!); some are unusual now but definitely used (cheapjack, 'business' concern). But what about storekeeper (mostly American but common in some parts of Britain) and a 'ship's' chandler? The phrase 'chamber of commerce' has been replaced by 'room of commerce', not English at all and nonsense, a chamber of commerce is an association of local business people not a room where business is conducted. This sounds like the kind of gaffe only a non-native speaker or a computer could make - chamber = old-fashioned word for room! If you are in education, read books, care about history, watch films that weren't made last week, do crosswords, engage in any kind of intellectual activity at all, want to know about your language and cherish it - don't buy this. Its principles are arbitrary, subjective, inconsistent and carelessly profligate when it comes to junking Roget's intentions for his thesaurus. Find a better version.
on 21 May 2012
Being German and finding it fairly easy to learn the English language - nine years in total - no teacher
ever told me about this amazing book. An English friend of mine gave it to me as a present for my 26th
birthday, some thirty-four years ago. He put a hand-written dedication in it saying "You should never
be short of the right word". As it so often happens, we are not in touch with each other anymore.
And that's what this book is all about - an astonishing array of vocabulary with a cross-over into
six different categories. About every ten years I get hold of the latest edition. I can't live
Dennis Andrew King - where are you now?