Today is…Thesaurus Day!

by Miranda Brumbaugh in , , ,


For a writer this is a major holiday. Yes it is MLK, Jr. Day. It’s also Thesaurus Day! We’re all reflective of MLK Day, but how many people told you “Happy Thesaurus Day?” None? What a shame! Let me be the first then. Happy Thesaurus Day! In celebration of a writer’s favorite holiday, here are some resources for synonymicons and treasuries of words. And in the theme of the occasion, you’ll find some select synonyms to sprout out meanings of “thesaurus.”  

Photo by Luis Llerena

Photo by Luis Llerena

Power Thesaurus

Power indeed! The Power Thesaurus is an online, free thesaurus does a bang up job. It’s a crowd sourced deal, which means that a hoard of writers who are most likely to be celebrants of this special day. In addition to getting a synonym, or in the case of “thesaurus” 188 of them, you also see the most popular words people are searching for alternative phrases. You can also vote up, or down, to words that have been added to the thesaurus by your fellow writers. Word lovers rejoice.

  • Thesaurus for thesaurus: synonymicon, lexicon, vocabulary, index, glossary, synonymy, treasury, reference, repository,  treasury of words, armory, storehouse, terminology, guidebook, arsenal, cache, gradus

Visual Thesaurus

For those writers who go for mind mapping and scrap booking as a way to organize ideas, the Visual Thesaurus is right there with you. While not as powerful as the Power Thesaurus, this interactive thesaurus offers a different approach. You click on word bubbles and watch them balloon out with spider legs as they expand into a web of word bubbles filled with synonyms. It can be very addictive.  

  • Thesaurus for thesaurus: word finder, word book, synonym zone

Rhyme Zone

Here’s a new one for me, Rhyme Zone. It takes a different approach to the thesaurus and gives you words that rhyme. Fun! Here are a ton of words that rhyme with our word of the day, thesaurus:

  • bore us, chlorous, chorus, doris, for us, goris, horace, horus, maurus, moresk, morisk, morrice, morris, morris', morus, norice, phorous, porous, porus, ptloris, sorus, squarrous, taurus, torras, torus, tsoris, vorous

If you looking for a book form of a thesaurus that goes to the moon, check out:

Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus

It’s a beast of a book and it comes with tons of lists for words, like more than two dozen words for “Choosing one’s words” including veiled, cloak-and-dagger, conspiratorial and scheming. I didn’t even know that “choosing one’s words” meant anything like that. Interesting!

On an ending note, here’s a selection about “The Right Word” from the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus:

“If you don’t like to mince words, you’ll make every effort to be concise in both your writing and speaking, which means to remove all superfluous details. Succinct is very close to meaning concise…If you’re laconic, you are brief to the point of being curt, brusque, or even uncommunicative…Terse can also mean clipped or abrupt, but usually connotes something that is both concise and polished. A pithy statement is not only succinct but full of substance and meaning.”

You want to be pithy.

And that is the point with a thesaurus. Writers don’t use them to find fancy words to replace plain ones. They use them to find words that help them cut through the clutter. Finding the perfect word means taking away those words that are distractions. That’s the best use of any thesaurus.