Writers often turn to a thesaurus to diversify their vocabulary and add nuance to their prose. But looking up synonyms and antonyms in a thesaurus can help anyone —writer or not—find the most vivid, incisive words to communicate thoughts and ideas. Since today is Thesaurus Day, we’re celebrating with these 10 fascinating facts about your thesaurus.
1. ITS NAME COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD FOR TREASURE.
Most logophiles consider the thesaurus to be a treasure trove of diction, but the word thesaurus really does mean treasure! It derives from the Greek word thésauros, which means a storehouse of precious items, or a treasure.
2. YOU CAN CALL THEM BOTH THESAURUSES OR THESAURI.
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