Friday, June 21, 2013

On thesauruses and you

"Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word."
Stephen King
I'd like Mr. King to have a chat with some folks I know. High-fallutin' language and 50-cent words have always hit my ear wrong. If you think big words impress others, think again.

Wait, it's 2013. Does anyone even use a thesaurus, anymore?


Max Sartin said...

I'm sure there are some online ones that people use.
I know a few people that love to throw as many big words into their conversation as they can. Personally, I find it tiring to talk with them.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Seems to help in the vicious online scrabble bouts I've heard tell of.

Jeena R. Papaadi said...

Yes I do use but it is not to find big unpronounceable words, it is because, since English isn't my first language, I forget simple straightforward words like insolent or overwhelming or persuade (recent experiences!).
The perfect word is at the tip of my tongue and I go crazy trying to recall it. So I rely on thesaurus! :)

Bob Scotney said...

I still have Roget's Thesaurus in my bookcase but use it less and less these days.