Friday, January 18, 2008

Lĭt / uh / ruh / sē Äw / fĭs

Thesaurus Day: January 18 - Roget's Birthday

Created by Dr. Peter Mark Roget in 1805, Roget's Thesaurus was released to the public on April 29, 1852. The original edition had 15,000 words. The Karpeles Manuscript Library houses the original manuscript in its collection.

"The present work is intended to supply, with respect to the English language, a desideratum hitherto unsupplied in any language; namely, a collection of the words it contains and of the idiomatic combinations peculiar to it, arranged, not in alphabetical order, as they are in a dictionary, but according to the ideas which they express. . . . .

To those who are unpractised in the art of composition, or unused to extempore speaking, these difficulties present themselves in their most formidable aspect. . . . .

It is to those who are thus painfully groping their way and struggling with the difficulties of composition, that this work professes to hold out a helping hand. The assistance it gives is that of furnishing on every topic a copious of store of words and phrases, adapted to express all the recognizable shades and modifications of the general idea under which those words and phrases are arranged." from Roget's Original Introduction
So Light a Candle, Woodja !

Thesauri on the Web to Check Out:
Color Thesaurus
~ a color square and corresponding RGB / hexadecimal values
Kaboom and Bzzurkk
~ comic book words & soundsColor Thesaurus
The Cook's Thesaurus
~ covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools
Thesaurus of Musical Instruments
~ 1480 entries from Accordeon to Žvegljica
Visual Thesaurus
~ 3D interactive reference tool, powered by Thinkmap, (Subscription).

Check Out a Book
@ Burbank Public Library

The Thinker's Thesaurus:
Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words
by Peter E. Meltzer - Marion Street Press, 2005: 423.1 METLZ

Thesaurus Rex
by Laya Steinberg – Barefoot Books, 2003: JP STEIN
~ this dinosaur adventure teaches synonyms

The Man Who Made Lists:
Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget’s Thesaurus
by Joshua C. Kendall – Putnam’s, March 2008

photo: Synonyms by HeideKlein_OrangenKopf @ Flickr

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