Satisfying Verbomania

TITLE: ROGET'S INTERNATIONAL THESAURUS

EDITOR: ROBERT L. CHAPMAN

PUBLISHER: HARPERCOLLINS; 1,141 PAGES; $16.95

THE BOTTOM LINE: What's the good word? It can be found in the new fifth edition of this classic desk companion.

"Thesaurus" is a mouthful; it does not roll trippingly on the tongue. Nor do its plural forms, the highfalutin thesauri, or thesauruses, which sounds like a prehistoric creature. Thesaurus means treasury or storehouse, but nobody calls Nicholas Brady Secretary of the Thesaurus or says, "Dear, pack up your winter underwear and lock it in the thesaurus."

That is because that word is forever linked to Peter Mark...