Product Review: The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale

As a writer, we sometimes struggle to find that elusive word that’s right on the tip of our tongues, but when we find a descriptive noun or a powerful verb, it’s worth the effort.  In the words of Mark Twain, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” 

In the past, I would reach for my handy Roget’s Thesaurus, but lately, it hasn’t gotten much use since I recently upgraded to The Synonym Finder, by R. I. Rodale.  It’s 1361 pages weighs in at 2.6 pounds (over 1 kg), and works just as well for fighting off an assailant as it is for finding just the right word.  I am astounded at the number of synonyms it includes, both command and obscure.  For example, I opened at random and pointed to the word feast.  I counted 146 different synonyms, ranging from “celebration” to “ring the bell for.”Looking up synonyms is a one-step process, unlike my massive (and now, largely unused) Roget’s International Thesaurus (5th Edition), for which you first look a word up in its index, which gives you a reference number, which you then use to find the actual term for which you want to find a synonym.

I will warn you that this work may be difficult to find in your local book store, but you can find it on, though sometimes you may have to settle for a used copy, since at present, the book is no longer in print.  I read recently that the rights to reprint the book are in negotiations, so hopefully this most excellent resource will be more available in the not-too-distant future.

When I reach for a physical thesaurus, the Synonym Finder is my first choice every time.  If you can find a copy, I highly recommend it over every other thesaurus I have used to date.

The Synonym Finder

By: R. I. Rodale

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