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04-13-2006, 02:04 PM
So, in my new job I am doing a lot of writing and being that it is marketing I need to really jazz it up a bit. I have never been known for very descriptive writing so I'm not surprised that this is an area I need to improve. :o
My boss would like me to obtain for the team (mainly for me though) a book of adjectives. I found one at Borders called "The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives : For the Extraordinarily Literate" but that has been the best I've found. Can anyone here recommend something for me?
04-13-2006, 02:15 PM
I've always just relied on Rogets Thesaurus -- They vary in verbosity and there is even an on-line version. The on-line isn't quite as extensive but often I can do searches of other words the first search comes up with -- and it's certainly fast since I am already on the computer.
I do have my old bulky Thesaurus on the shelf and sometimes consult it when on-line isn't good enough.
04-13-2006, 03:21 PM
Roget is still the classic, but you might also want to look at Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms and see which style suits you and your department.
04-13-2006, 04:09 PM
"The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives : For the Extraordinarily Literate"
While I absolutely love that book, I think it might be a little much for business writing. How often will you be able to slip antepenultimate into a brochure? I would suggest the standard Roget's Thesauras.
04-13-2006, 08:26 PM
I was a writer at an advertising/PR agency for 10-plus years and I still free-lance. My all-time most used book of words is called The Synonym Finder. It is a thousand times more useful than Roget's.
Here's a link to it on Amazon.com:
It has more than 40 consecutive 5-star reviews on Amazon -- when do you ever see that? You will get a gold star with your boss if you get that book.
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