- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Reissue edition (29 Aug. 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140511369
- ISBN-13: 978-0140511369
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary (Dictionary, Penguin) Paperback – 29 Aug 1985
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'One of the delights of our age... a treasure-trove for writers of every kind. As it satisfies our search for similar sounds, so it leads us into new thoughts, strange associations, unexpected territories... Everyone who loves words should own a copy'
-- Andrew Motion
About the Author
Rosalind Fergusson has worked extensively as an editor, lexicographer and writer for over twenty years. Her previous publications include THE PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF PROVERBS, THE PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF SYNONYMS AND ANTONYMS and CHOOSE YOUR BABY'S NAME. She is currently working on THE PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF ABBREVIATIONS. She is married and lives in Newington, nr Sittingbourne, Kent.
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I've been using this to put together rhyming poetry and at first I was using it as a handy tool, now it's a staple whenever I'm feeling poetic. Fortunately it's small(ish) and lightweight, but unfortunately it's always accompanied by a dictionary and thesaurus because the rhymes are so comprehensive I have to look up what half of the words mean!
Anyway, I'd recommend this rhyming dictionary to all poets, songwriters, spell writers, and anyone else in need of a little rhyme.
The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary is also very easy to use unlike some rhyming dictionaries such as, for instance, The Complete Rhyming Dictionary, which I found very arduous as the rhymes were to be searched by their phonetic order. In The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary the desired word can be looked up from the back of the book, and it gives you the page number from where all the words that rhyme with this particular word can be found.
Basically, the only thing that stops me from giving 5 stars to this book is that there are a few word sections that are just jumbled up and which do not really rhyme, such as dribble and babble, or something similar to this example.
However, this is only a tiny flaw in a book that has definitely become an incontestable necessity for me. It has earned its recommendations.
Whilst sucking on a lozenge, he found a rhyme for orange, and the rest as they say, is history! - from limericks to lyrics an invaluable guide for poets and songwriters, very easy to use with rhymes listed in groups with true rhymes then close rhymes, even gives descriptions for obscure words as well as names & place names, an extremely useful guide for inspiration and finding that illusive rhyme.
The strengths of the Penguin Rhyming Dictionary are:
If you know the word you want to rhyme, you look up that word in the index then find the section containing rhymes for that word;
The rhyme lists are large and relatively comprehensive.
The weaknesses of the Penguin Rhyming Dictionary are:
There appears to be no obvious organisation of the rhyming section. Rhymes are not organised so that all rhymes beginning -A, -E, -I are in order, and masculine and feminine rhymes are all jumbled up together. This means that it is difficult to use the rhyming section without first referring to the index. If you only have a couple of words to look up that's OK, but if you're looking for a large number of rhymes (or are looking for family rhymes) this quickly becomes time-consuming and, ultimately, tiresome.
There is the occasional pointlessly expanded list of compound words. -ity being a case in point. It would take far less paper and be clearer to make a note for words ending in -ual, -ial, -il that -ity can be appended where appropriate. Anyone who's using a rhyming dictionary is probably smart enough to know that you can append -ity to 'eventual' and 'trivial'.
The paperback version of the book has a tendency to fall to pieces: I've had mine for 6 weeks now and the first pages are already falling out.
The strengths of the Complete Rhyming Dictionary are:
The rhyming section of the dictionary are split into masculine rhymes and feminine rhymes and organised by phonetic sound within each section. This makes it easier to find rhymes by scanning the rhyming section, and to find family rhymes.Read more ›
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Really helped me to manage my initial attempts at writing my own. I haven't got the courage to go for free verse yet, so this has been a useful tool, but I could see it would... Read morePublished 21 days ago by bellanonna
I have found the Rhyming Dictionary to be an extremely useful tool for my projects. I have only had the book, which is second hand, for a short while, but it has met all my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rian Arren
I don't usually review books because I'm no good at it. Shall just say here that this is going to be invaluable when I get the urge to make up very bad poetry, but at least the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. J. Podmore