Monday, February 23, 2009

Finding the Right Word

All writers struggle to use the perfect word for their books. We also spend large amounts of time trying to find another word to use rather than the same word. We need Synonyms. I have a software called Bookshelf that provides definitions, an almanac, encyclopedia, quotes and much more, but one of the best and most useful books I’ve found to resolve my “finding the right word” problem is a book called, The Synonym Finder by J.I Rodale. It is the largest and most comprehensive thesaurus in print. My version is from 1978, but it offers me so many choices that also narrow down to very specific uses of the words.

The book has:
• More than 100,000 synonyms
• Simple, alphabetical arrangement
• Subdivisions of the same word used in different parts of speech with subtle differences
• Includes thousands of new words and expressions, entering the language in recent years
• Clearly labeled slang and informal words and expressions
• Minimum cross-references

Quotes of endorsement found in the front of the book included are from Phyllis Whitney, Irving Stone, and others.

I purchased mine on and am so happy I did.


Teri D. Smith said...

Thanks, Gail. It's helpful to learn of a good one worth the money.

Gail Gaymer Martin said...

I use it all the time and it's excellent. Well worth the money.


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