If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a writer. And if you’re a writer, I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the question above. You’ve likely asked yourself or a friend what another word for (fill in the blank) might be countless times. Or you’ve looked it up in a writer’s (or at least my!) best friend – the thesaurus. When you’re looking for just the right word, little can beat it.

Though many have likely stopped using the paper version (can you say thesaurus.com?), it is, of course, what started it all.  And 261 years ago today, the first edition of  Peter Roget’s thesaurus was published. So pull out that book (or check out the website) and find the perfect (ideal? consummate? flawless?) word for your current writing project.

And thank Mr. Roget for his obsession with listmaking.

Do you use a thesaurus? If so, paper or electronic? If not, why not?

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