Barbara Ann Kipfer

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Barbara Ann Kipfer (born 1954) is a linguist and lexicographer. She has written more than 50 books, including 14,000 Things to be Happy About (Workman), which has more than a million copies in print and has given rise to many Page-a-Day calendars.[1] She is the editor of Roget's International Thesaurus.

She holds a PhD and MPhil in Linguistics from the University of Exeter, a PhD in Archaeology from Greenwich University, an MA and PhD in Buddhist Studies from Akamai University, and a BS in physical education from Valparaiso University.[citation needed] She is a semantic curation specialist for Google. Kipfer has worked for such companies as,,;, Ask Jeeves, Bellcore, Federated Media, General Electric Research, Google, IBM Research, idealab, Knowledge Adventure, Mindmaker/Associative Computing, Textwise, Wang Electronic Publishing, and Wolfram Alpha.


  • Breath Perception. Skyhorse, 2014, ISBN 9781629143682.
  • It's Good to Talk: More Than 10,000 Questions to Ask and Think About (e-book). 2013.
  • A Commonplace Book (e-book). 2012.
  • Smiles: 8,000 Sunny-Side-Up Thoughts (e-book). 2012.
  • Good Nature (e-book). 2011.
  • Life Needs a Menu: A Foodie List (e-book). 2011.
  • The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, ISBN 047055424X
  • Introduction to Lexicography (e-book). 2010.
  • Kipfer's Lists (e-book). 2010.
  • Things for Kids to Do (e-book). 2010.
  • The Next Order of Things: Cycles, Sequences, & Processes (e-book). 2010.
  • The Buddha's Lists (e-book). 2008.
  • Time Capsule: Things to be Nostalgic About (e-book). 2008.
  • Instant Karma. Workman, 2003, ISBN 0761128042.
  • Roget’s Descriptive Word Finder. Writer’s Digest, 2003.
  • Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases. Writer’s Digest, 2001.
  • 8,789 Words of Wisdom. Workman, 2001, ISBN 076111730X.
  • Flip Dictionary. Writer’s Digest, 2000.
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology. Springer, 2000.
  • 5,001 Things for Kids to Do. Plume, 2000.
  • The Wish List. Workman, 1997, ISBN 0761107568.
  • The Order of Things. Random House, 1997.
  • USA Today Crossword Puzzle Dictionary. Hyperion, 1996.
  • Dictionary of American Slang, contributor to 3rd edition, HarperCollins, 1995, ISBN 006270107X.
  • 1,400 Things for Kids to be Happy About. Workman, 1994, ISBN 1563052385.
  • Bartlett's Book of Business Quotations. Little, Brown, 1994, ISBN 0316082910.
  • Bartlett's Book of Love Quotations. Little, Brown, 1994, ISBN 0316082929.
  • Sisson's Word and Expression Locater, revised 2nd edition. Prentice-Hall, 1994, ISBN 013814088X.
  • 21st Century Manual of Style. Dell/Laurel, 1993, ISBN 0440504899.
  • 21st Century Spelling Dictionary. Dell/Laurel, 1993, ISBN 0440212324.
  • 21st Century Synonym and Antonym Finder. Dell/Laurel, 1993, ISBN 0440213231.
  • Random House Kid’s Encyclopedia. Knowledge Adventure, 1993
  • Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus in Dictionary Form. Dell, 1992, ISBN 0440503868.
  • 14,000 Things to be Happy About. Workman, 1990, ISBN 0894803700.
  • Workbook on Lexicography. University of Exeter Press, 1984, ISBN 0859892603.


  1. ^ Barbara Ann Kipfer, "Barbara's Bungalow,"

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