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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #06

Stuart Aken

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For a short introduction to this series, please click here.

These posts look at similar, and dissimilar, words to suggest ways writers might make their work more varied, accessible, interesting, accurate and effective.

A good thesaurus provides alternatives for the idea of a word, but not all suggestions are true synonyms. Context is vital. Placing alternative words in the same sentence to see whether they make sense is one way of determining suitability. But it’s not foolproof, so a good dictionary is vital.

I prefer the 1987 edition of Roget’s Thesaurus. It’s always in easy reach. However, I try to dig the best word from my overburdened memory first: good mental exercise. Other books of word choices, which I sometimes consult when the apposite word evades me, live on my reference shelf, behind me. My dictionary of choice is the SOED.

So, to this week’s…

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