Wordsmithing on #Thesaurus Day

Did you know that today is National Thesaurus Day?

A thesaurus is a book that compiles words grouped by similarity of meaning. The term thesaurus comes from the Greek word, thesauros, meaning treasure or storehouse.

Time and Date

According to Time and Date, the unofficial holiday commemorates the birth anniversary of British lexicographer and physician, Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus. I love the statement that “it is believed that Roget worked on making word lists that later became the Roget’s Thesaurus as a way to combat with depression and mental illness.”

Roget’s Thesaurus is one of the most widely used reference books in the English language around the world. It was first published in 1852 with 15,000 words. Since then, the book has never gone out of publication.

As a child, I received my first Roget’s Thesaurus as a Christmas gift – which tells you all you need to know about what a word geek I was – and still am!

Throughout my school days, I referred to that dog-eared book every time I wrote an essay. Even today I use it (although via an app) and I still love learning new words.

Petrichor is one of my favourite words – that amazing smell you get during and after a rain fall, when raindrops fall on the ground.

What about you – what is a favourite word you like to use?