Book Details for Descriptionary


Format:  Paperback
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ISBN-10:  0816079471
ISBN-13:  9780816079476
Edition:  4th
List Price:  $29.95
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Title: Descriptionary

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At last, here's a reference book that works the way the mind works, allowing students to locate that elusive word to the specific thing, e.g., What do you call that belt for a tuxedo? Answer: Cummerbund. "This book is one of those small wonders...Highly recommended." -- THE BOOK REPORT. Review

The subtitle of Descriptionary says it's "the book for when you know what it is, but not what it's called." Pretty useful, eh? But that description is also a bit limiting, as this handy reference guide can be just as easily used as a standard dictionary when you do know what the word is. Rather than the alphabetical arrangement found in dictionaries and thesauruses, the words here are grouped according to general categories, such as animal and insects, food and drink, the human body and mind, and occupations. Within these broad areas are subheadings--"environment" has been divided into 30 categories ranging from atmosphere to wind. The word listings in these short sections are alphabetical, and while each has a straightforward explanation, you won't find alternative spellings, a pronunciation guide, or any of those dictionary-standard accompaniments to the definition.

So why use this instead of a standard dictionary? Mainly, in order to take advantage of the unusual word arrangement, as it can operate most efficiently when you're writing a paper about a specific topic. Civics students looking up "malfeasance" will find on the same page a variety of words that may spark new ideas and instantly increase practical vocabulary, as any words that catch your eye will be closely related to the topic at hand. Also great for students is the "1,050 Words and Expressions You Should Know" chapter--from "ad hoc" to "zealous," it covers words used regularly in magazines, newspapers, and textbooks. Adults learning a new skill or deciphering current events will find that the sections function nicely as a glossary; the sections on sports, politics, gardening, and cooking are especially helpful in this manner. --Jill Lightner

Series: Writer's Library
Author:Marc McCutcheon
Language: English
Reading Level: Grades  10 to 12
Pages: 711
Publisher: Checkmark Books
Weight:2.7 Pounds
Length:9.3 Inches
Width:7.5 Inches
Height:1.3 Inches

Click on this books subject categories to see related titles:
Juvenile Nonfiction > Reference / Dictionaries
Juvenile Nonfiction > Reference / Thesauri
Foreign Language Study > English As A Second Language > English Language - Terms And Phrases

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Hardcover, 2010

Book Details Summary: The title of this book is Descriptionary and it was written by Marc McCutcheon. This particular 4th edition is in a Paperback format and is also available in this version as a Hardcover. This books publish date is May 1, 2010 and it has a suggested retail price of $29.95. It was published by Checkmark Books and has a total of 711 pages in the book. The 10 digit ISBN is 0816079471 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780816079476; it is a part of the Writer's Library series. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.

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