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The Sorry Recommendations

Posted by R. Berg on November 10, 2002

In Reply to: Thesauri Recommendations? posted by Woodchuck on November 10, 2002

: Perhaps I'm just grumpy because I have a back injury, a mother recovering from surgery, and four non-functional computers in various stages of repair, but I've been amusing myself with Eugene Ehrlich's "Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate" and its companion dictionary and I am less amused than expected. "Swashbuckler" is offered as the sole synonym of "swordsman". "Carmelite" and "votary" are given equal weight as synonyms of "nun".

: Granted, Ehrilich's books are clearly intended to be cotton candy for pseudo-intellectuals, but after flipping through other references for comparision, I've decided most thesauri are sloppy miserable things that need better categorization. Only Roget's passed muster in my library. Are there other decent thesauri out there?

Perhaps not, but here's a recommendation for the grumpiness: (link below), a large collection of Monty Python scripts.

The only thesaurus I use is an old paperback Roget's. How old? The cover price is 35 cents.

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