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>Since I use Merriam-Webster (no particular reason--it was on sale
bought it), I'd be interested in a little more detail on why you
the AHD is better. Thanks.
For one thing, AH3 compares synonyms and provides usage notes. The
latter are a great help with words that are often confused -- insure,
assure, ensure, for example. I think the synonym comparisons are
better than a thesaurus (well, I have a bias against the thesaurus
anyway) because they show you your options and define them all in one
tidy little place. They are also handy to carry to a discussion or
meeting, as often happens.
bsullivan -at- email -dot- exide -dot- com
San Diego, California