January 18th is Thesaurus Day!

So, are there some of you out there that have never used a thesaurus??

Maybe you don’t even know what one is??

Well, let me tell you…It’s a great tool that’s been around for a long time and it can be used so easily! It’s wonderful to use while you’re trying to find better and more descriptive words – or just even alternative words – to the ones you commonly use. It’s amazing how much this resource can open your eyes to various options on words that mean the same thing.

For example, in the above paragraph I used the word “great.” Great is a great word, but talk about overused! Now, thanks to the wonderful word of technology, you don’t have to settle for a paper book version of a thesaurus anymore…we have the luxury of using www.thesaurus.com!

So head to the website and fill in the blank – great – here’s part of what you get…

Main Entry: great
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: important, celebrated
Synonyms: (HERE”S WHAT WE’RE WANTING TO LOOK AT – WORDS THAT MEAN THE SAME THING!) auguest, capital, chief, commanding, dignified, distinguised, eminent, exalted, excellent, famed, famous, fine, glorious, grand, heroic, high-minded, highly regarded, honorable, idealistic, illustrious, impressive, leading, lofty, major, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, paramount, primary, prominent, regal, remarkable, renowned, royal, sublime, superior, etc.

Look at all these choices!

Remember this sentence from my first paragraph….
“It’s amazing how much this resource can open your eyes to various options on words that mean the same thing.”
What if it read like this instead?
“It’s impressive how much this system can expose your eyes to numerous alternatives that have comparable meaning.”

Wow! Nice, huh?

Visit us in the library to see a physical book copy or use one of the library computers or your home computer to access the webiste. And remember,  let’s just not celebrate Thesaurus Day today, but remember him in our daily work – afterall, he is so useful: advantageous, appropriate, beneficial, convenient, effective, fruitful, functional, good, handy, helpful, instrumental, of service, practical, suitable…

: )

– Carly T.



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