Roget's Thesaurus is an outstanding work of English lexicography. When it appeared in 1852, it was the first of its kind. It has been on the bookshelves of almost every educated man and woman in Britain, the United States, and indeed the whole of the English-speaking world ever since, as the many reprints and new editions testify. This is true of both the countries with an indigenous English-speaking population and the countries whose inhabitants learn English as a second or foreign language. From these areas it wandered throughout the world to wherever people think they cannot afford to neglect something which enjoys such general acceptance. Moreover, Roget's Thesaurus gave rise to similar word collections, at least in many of the major European languages. This book traces the history of Roget's Thesaurus, focusing on its origins, development, and design.
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