Reviewer: Joseph S. Maresca "Dr. Joseph S. Maresca CPA, CISA" (Bronxville, New York USA)
This book is perfect to begin a disciplined program to increase
your vocabulary for academic or business reasons. A beauty of
the presentation is that it contains a sample quiz to verify
progress at major juncture points. Thousands of intermediary
to complex words are defined in simple terms. Here is a sample
of the vocabulary contained in the work:
o rect- straight
o triptych- carving
paradigm- example of how to do something
This work would be helpful for academics, as well as scientists,
journalists, students and a whole host of others. This would
make a good purchase for the student in your house.
Reviewer: A customer
Despite advertising hype, no ONE book will double your vocabulary, but reading several vocabulary-building books can double your vocabulary. Different vocabulary-building books have different words and different explanations. If you don't learn a word from one book, you can learn it from another book.
Any vocabulary-building book will have many words, a fourth to half the book, that you already understand. You can always skip or skim the easy-to-you words.
Varied, incomplete word selection is another reason for using several books. Some books just take words used on past-standardized tests, neglecting other words. Other books, limit their words to words based on word roots, neglecting others. Often authors have thrown in personal favorite words, even if others rarely use the words. If you see a word in two or three books, it's generally a need-to-know word.
The only weakness of Merriam Webster's Vocabulary Builder, and no book is perfect, is that the word selection is limited to words based on word roots. I have not seen the CD version noted by other reviewers and my review applies only the paperback. The price is great.
Other Books: Cartoon/Mnemonic vocabulary books have their fans who like the mnemonic memory aids, which are useful before tests. But with only one word and one cartoon per page, these books may only have a few hundred words and are expensive per word. Audio vocabulary books such as Elite Word Power, let you hearing each word pronounced correctly, helpful for improving speaking vocabulary.
Merriam-Webster, originally known as the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a United States company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828).The company's two best known dictionaries are: Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, the most complete current non-specialist American dictionary of English;
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, the largest and most popular college dictionary.