Sunday, July 25, 2010

My favorite book(s)

My three favorite books are for writing. They sit beside my laptop, every ready, ever helpful. Like best friends.

Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary, by Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D. (For when you know what you want to say but can't think of the word.)

Webster's II New College Dictionary, Third Edition

English Through the Ages, by William Brohaugh (From Old English to modern-day slang, a word-by-word birth record of thousands of interesting words.)

The Flip Dictionay is a thesaurus


  1. The last one sounds interesting. I often wonder how certain things got their names.

    I know in different fields things are named after the person who discovered it.

  2. This book is amazing. It categorizes words under Crime and Punishment, Insults, Religion, Education, Society/Mores/Culture, Politics, etc., under date groupings (in use by 1150, 1350, 1470, 1550, etc.)

    Perfect for historical accuracy. A goldmine for obsolete words. Fun for word junkies.

  3. I have a mass of reference books - dictionary, thesaurus, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, dictionaries of slang, proper names, English idioms, even a dictionary of American slang. But these were all bought in pre-internet days. They now gather dust because the internet is my main reference source, particularly the various online thesauruses (or should that be ‘thesauri’?).