Did you know that the word ‘thesaurus’ derives from the Greek word thésauros, which means storehouse of precious items or treasure? I find my thesaurus to be a treasure-chest of valuable diction that helps me be a better blogger. Whether you’re a writer, blogger or simply wanting to improve your vocabulary and expression, the thesaurus is a gem that is worth discovering.
In this article, I share the reasons why I believe every blogger should own a thesaurus, how to correctly use a thesaurus and I even share the thesaurus that I use. Do not forget to SUBSCRIBE to Tea End Blog to be automatically entered in Tea End Blog Give-Aways. Already subscribed? Tell a friend!
Why Do You Need A Thesaurus?
The purpose of a thesaurus is to find a synonym to a word that you already know. Every writer dreads repeating words as words express ideas, feelings and word-pictures.
If a writer does not have an enlarged vocabulary it will become difficult for the writer to write in a captivating and non-monotone fashion.
A thesaurus not only helps a writer find synonyms, but it also assists in finding antonyms, which are words opposite the meaning of the word in mind.
Knowing these facts, you can now understand why having a thesaurus is paramount to any writer. To avoid repeating words and rendering your work boring or life-less, you must own a thesaurus.
How Do You Use A Thesaurus?
Since early thesauruses were really dictionaries, some may be confused as to their use. Today, thesauruses and dictionaries are separate and used differently.
A thesaurus should be used in conjunction with a dictionary since the meaning of a suggested word in a thesaurus may need further explanation. Don’t be afraid to even read your thesaurus as you would a book! I find this to be really entertaining…but then again, I am a tea sipping bookworm…
Here’s an example of how you use a thesaurus: I am going to create a short paragraph pretending to describe two characters. Then I will search in my thesaurus for synonyms and antonyms to ameliorate the sentence. See the sentence below, the highlighted words are the words I wish to change:
Victoria’s thoughts were arrested on his physique. She felt ashamed by her vanity as she knew he was not vain.
Regarding the word 'ashamed', let’s pretend that I have already used it in previous paragraphs and I don’t want to repeat it. The phrase, 'not vain', is very elementary; let’s find an antonym instead.