29 March 2011

Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives

Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives

Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives

I must say up front - don't judge this book based solely upon my poor wording of this review. Yes, this is a book attempting to help us better our vocabulary. Me? I could use that for sure. Still I write my reviews casually as though you were all my friends. I'd use this more for things I felt I needed to spend all day on. Those types of things where someone will care if I use the word "great". You don't mind the word great do you? Not even if the author points out to you that it's now so prominent in web searches its hit count is in the billions? It's a fine word, is it not? Ahh, I see, you do need a replacement.

Here were are reminded of how replacements for this great word come and go - some even made popular by linguists as great as Snoop Dogg and Billy Crystal.

Still great isn't the only word you need a replacement for is it? Never fear, you'll find some others here as well. The sublime section has your religious needs covered (examples = benediction, hallowed, theophany). Physically Affecting is just what it sounds like (though I doubt you find acorn-pickling in your run of the mill thesaurus). Mentally, emotionally, or spiritually affecting is another section that is just what you'd think it to be (absorbing, haunting, mesmeric). The beautiful section is one of the longer and also one of the least needed given how many of them are simply variations of beauty, handsome, lovely, etc. (there are a few exceptions but yeah a good half of the words in said section are a waste). Joy-giving brings us everything from 'a happy ending' to 'zingy'. The large section asks us just how large something is - perhaps cloud-piercing? Exceptional essentially gives us words to describe how 'awesome' someone is (so that we don't have to go back to great). We round out the sections with Intense, Delicious, Trendy, cool, Wicked cool, forceful, and challenging belief or expression (to believe or not to believe?)

Not enough? There's an Appendix (or five) that will give you a few more tips and tricks (how to use text speak, turn a famous author or painter into that word you've been looking for, etc).

Overall an okay book. Nowhere near as thorough as a thesaurus. Maybe not even as useful as this book should be. But it is funner than your average reference book and there's just enough here to inspire you when you get stuck and need a great replacement for a word like great. 3/5 stars



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