Barbara Ann Kipfer

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Barbara Ann Kipfer (born 1954) is a lexicographer,[1] linguist, ontologist, and part-time archaeologist. She has written more than 80 books and calendars, including 14,000 Things to be Happy About (Workman), which has more than 1.25 million copies in print. The 25th anniversary edition of the book was published in 2014.[2] She is the editor of Roget's International Thesaurus 5th-8th editions.

Kipfer holds an MPhil and PhD in linguistics (University of Exeter), a PhD in archaeology (Greenwich University), an MA and PhD in Buddhist Studies (Akamai University), and a BS in Physical Education (Valparaiso University).[citation needed] She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist.

Kipfer is senior lexicographer of Zeta Global.


  • Roget's International Thesaurus, New York: HarperCollins; 8th Ed., 2019
  • The Happiness Diary, Beverly MA: Fair Winds, 2019
  • Natural Meditation, New York: Helios, July 2018
  • 1,001 Ways to Be Creative, Washington DC: National Geographic, 2018
  • 1,001 Ways to Slow Down, Washington DC: National Geographic, 2017
  • Color Your Happy Home with Durell Godfrey, New York: Harlequin, 2017
  • How Would Buddha Think?, San Francisco: New Harbinger, 2016
  • 14,000 Things to be Happy About Page a Day Calendar 2017, New York: Workman, 2016
  • 1,001 Ways to Live Wild, Washington DC: National Geographic Books, 2016
  • How Would Buddha Act?, San Francisco: New Harbinger, 2016
  • What Would Buddha Say?. New Harbinger, 2014.
  • 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.[3] Random House, 1997.
A reference compilation outlining its contents in thirteen areas of classification; it contains schematic illustrations, dates, and numerous lists.


  1. ^ a b Kipfer, Barbara Ann, ed. Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus in Dictionary Form, 3rd ed. Bantam Dell, a division of Random House, 2006, inside back cover.
  2. ^ Barbara Ann Kipfer, "Barbara's Bungalow,"
  3. ^ "The Order of Things: How Everything in the World Is Organized into Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders." Kipfer, Barbara Ann. (2000) First Revised Paperback Edition, ISBN 0-375-70164-8(PB) Random House, New York. 389 pages including index. Hardcover by Random House 1996.

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