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Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Wellesley College;
Revising Editor of Webster's New International Dictionary


This book is the writer's cabinet, displaying his resources of diction in arrangements that make them most usably "on tap." His accomplishment with its listed words, however, will be much enhanced if he can approach them with a mind that has been made aware of certain discriminated kinds  of meaning which may figure in the peculiar expressiveness of any word; also of certain relations of meaning which may bring quite different words within the same cluster of possibilities for choice. These clues to the right choice are here explained:-

1. Meaningfulness

2. Usability

3. Core-sense and synonym cluster

4. Looking beyond normal limits

5. Managing a word to make  it the best