7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absorbing, addictive ... but you have to give it your time.,
This review is from: Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: With additional material from A Thesaurus of Old English (Hardcover)
If you find words and language fascinating, and if you're prepared to give some time to indulging your fascination, then this is certainly worth the money (dosh, the shiny, hoot, grigs, cross and pile, will-do-all). It provides an amazing jouney through meanings and concepts and ideas, and the words that were used to describe them over the centuries.
If you're looking for a quick word for your daily crossword puzzle, though, this is probaby not where you would go. The words are organised conceptually rather than alphabetically and that means you have to hunt it down firstly through the index, wading your way through the many different senses of the word that are listed there.
But if you enjoy the journey, and have some time to devote to it, then you will love that it is organised this way - because everywhere you look, there are things surrounding you that relate to what you are looking at. So if you have trouble finding a word in exactly the sense you are thinking, you just look at the entries near to the one you are studying, and maybe it will be there.
Yes, the numbers in the index for each entry can seem cumbersome - but it's all for a purpose: it all helps you see words within their contexts and ultimately, that's a much more efficient and sensible way to organise things. You just have to spend time. And, when you do, it becomes a wonderful, absorbing, addictive discovery, where you get to see how the things you are saying today would have been said by your ancestors (majority, lineage, eldrings, fore-elders, ieldran). Thriven and thro!
Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: With additional material from A Thesaurus of Old English(11 customer reviews)