: hey, they’re not extinct :

thesaurusQuite the contrary. The thesaurus ¹ is alive and well on bookshelves around the world.

Sadly, the same can’t be said for Peter Roget, creator of this masterwork; he died (perished, croaked, kicked the bucket) in 1869. A compiler, sorter, and compulsive list maker, Roget titled the 1852 edition of his classic reference book Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition.

Yikes, well, what can you say? The guy was wordy (long-winded, verbose, a gasbag). And we celebrate his yattering brilliance today, January 18th, known now and forevermore as Thesaurus Day. Get out the pointy party hats, my huckleberry friends, and let’s blow the roof off this dump.

Yay, words!

thesaurus page

Copyright © 2015 the whirly girl

¹Yes, in actual fact, there is a synonym for thesaurus: wordfinder.

Dinosaur image courtesy of luwrites.wordpress.com

10 responses to “: hey, they’re not extinct :”

  1. Being verbal is better than being a gerbil.
    Except for that wheel. I love to go around and around with the hopes of never getting anywhere.


    1. That’s the story of my life, BD. It’s fun for a while, no question, but the scenery never changes. I like a change now and then. Re-location sounds good, too.


  2. I can’t stop laughing at this post. And the picture killed me.


    1. That’s what every blogger loves to hear, thanks, shreya. By the way, I fell for the picture, too. It’s awesome and clever and made me wish I was an illustrator.


      1. It’s awesome and clever, I agree (concur, see eye-to-eye, coincide, fit, harmonize)


  3. This I will celebrate. I make great use of my thesaurus.


    1. I’ll celebrate with you! Once I pick up the thesaurus I’m gone for hours. It’s like a trance. If I’m ever reported missing, well, look there first.

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