Saturday, January 5, 2019

Celebrate National Thesaurus Day January 18th

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I can’t think of another word to describe National Thesaurus Day, but then again that would not seem to be pro-thesaurus of me.

Born on January 18th, 1779, Peter Mark Roget created the very first thesaurus in 1852 when he published his book of synonyms, Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.

His work has helped countless writers and poets to make their writing better and livelier.

“Whether you are looking for a new word or trying to complete a sentence, the thesaurus can be your best friend,” says “Expanding your vocabulary improves both written and spoken communication skills, creative writing abilities, and can be helpful in advancing your career.”

So how should one properly celebrate the day?

1.      Buy a thesaurus if you don’t own one.
2.      Give a thesaurus to someone.
3.      Read the thesaurus and use it to improve your communications.
4.      Tell others they should consult a thesaurus.
5.      Post about a thesaurus on social media and use the hashtag  #NationalThesaurusDay claims to be the world’s largest and most trusted free online thesaurus.  Around for over 20 years and a part of, it contains over three million synonyms and antonyms.

Roget lived to be 90 years old.  The British physician, natural theologian and lexicographer struggled with depression for most of his life but his work on the thesaurus arose partly from an effort to battle it.  He started work on it in 1805 but took 47 years to see it come to fruition.  After his death, his son and grandson revised and expanded it.  In his lifetime, the work had 28 printings and has never been out of print since.

Originally called Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged So as To Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition, the book has created a number of competitors, including one by Merriam-Webster, Collins, Macmillan, and others.

Thesaurus was originally a Greek term, meaning treasure or storehouse.

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