National Thesaurus Day - January 18


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What is National Thesaurus Day?

National Thesaurus Day is being celebrated annually on January 18 in honor of Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, who was born on this day in 1779. In 1840, Roget retired from a successful career in medicine and spent the rest of his life working on “Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.” Since then, he published his first book of thesaurus synonyms in 1852.

The thesaurus has been used for centuries by writers and poets to help make their writing come to life. Whether you look for a new word or trying to complete a sentence, a thesaurus is your best companion. Expanding your vocabulary can improve both your written and spoken communication skills and also your creative writing abilities which can be helpful in advancing your career.

Having wide choices of words are just good for adults and children, too. If a child has enough words in his or her mind, they can completely describe what they are thinking, how they are feeling, and what they want. And, if they know enough range of words, they are better at reading comprehension, which can make them be good at school, right?

How To Celebrate National Thesaurus Day?

We can do more than just have a conversation, but also we can have a discussion, a talk, or an exchange. Writers and non-writers must be thankful for every word options available in a thesaurus, and celebrate the work of Peter Mark Roget on National Thesaurus Day! For this special day, you can celebrate it in different ways and here are some activities you can try to have fun.

Play A Game With Synonyms

By pairing with a friend, you’ll see who gets to be the winner of having the best brains. Make a stack of cards with words, and on every turn, you will shout to your partner up to three synonyms for the word on the card and the partner will figure out the original word which is written on the card. For instance, for a card with a “party” on it, you could say “celebration,” “reunion,” or “get-together.”

Rewrite Good Poetry and Songs

Have a fun way of rephrasing out the words of famous works and see if you can make them better. Just like taking Edgar Allen Poe’s "The Raven,” “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,” could turn into “Once upon a boring night, while I thought, frail and fatigued.”

Go Through A Book Of Thesaurus

These days, technology is a huge thing and we mostly use an online thesaurus, but paging through a book can lead you to many new words. Spend some time looking up words that you want to know and read. The many times you have read, the better.

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