Sally Chewter - Copy Editor / Proofreader

Do you use a Thesaurus? You don't?


Do  you own a thesaurus? (No, it's not a new kind of dinosaur!) Every writer needs one. A thesaurus is a reference work that lists words grouped together according to similarity of meaning (containing synonyms and sometimes antonyms), in contrast to a dictionary, which provides definitions for words, and generally lists them in alphabetical order.

The main purpose of such reference works is to help the user "to find the word, or words, by which an idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed" – to quote Peter Mark Roget, architect of the best known thesaurus in the English language.

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