Having experimented with various dictionaries of synonyms, and found at least one an essential reference tool, I am awaiting eagerly the finished copy of this new work. From all advance information and material, it seems to meet the need, and to overcome some of the inadequacies of its predecessors. I like the idea, for example, of the group of words of similar meaning, with comparative shadows of meaning indicated, as well as the general, overall meaning. Actual quotations, showing correct and exact usage, illustrate each facet of meaning. Analogous words, antonyms and contrasted words are listed, with cross references to other entries. I like the inclusion of colloquialisms and slang phrases, the general up-to-dateness of the vocabulary, the modifications of meaning which time and usage have given. The arrangement is like a dictionary, with cross references starred to indicate place where full definition and elaboration may be found. Essential tool for everyone using words -- and this means everyone to whom even a casual letter is important. Handy size. Good readable type...Extensive promotion.