Today’s the day to wow all your friends with your impressive vocabulary … it’s “Thesaurus Day!” Jan. 18 was chosen for this illustrious day because it is the birthday of Dr. Peter Mark Roget, inventor of the thesaurus.
Roget’s thesaurus was published in 1852 and has never been out of print. Roget also invented the slide rule, and before his death worked on constructing a calculating machine as well.
If you’re looking to increase your vocabulary, grab your thesaurus and get going. You might want to start with these words that are among the most overused in the English language:
* Love / Hate – Try “adore” and “detest” instead.
* Awesome – Try “remarkable” or “amazing” instead.
* Like – Try “similar to” or “resembling” instead.
* Literally – Try “accurately” or exactly” instead.
Where would we be without the Thesaurus? Thank you, Dr. Peter Mark Roget.
Winnie the Pooh Day
Both young and old alike are sure to appreciate “Winnie the Pooh Day,” which commemorates the birthday of A.A. Milne, author of the classic Pooh stories.
Alan Alexander Milne was born on Jan. 18, 1882, and raised in London. He was inspired by one of his teachers, H.G. Wells, and had both writing successes and failures prior to his famous Pooh adventures.
“Winnie the Pooh” was inspired by Milne’s son, Christopher, after which the character Christopher Robin was named. Milne also authored “Toad of Toad Hall.”
And to you, Mr. Milne, millions of parents all over give thanks for your gentle loving stories.
As for me, I came to writing by chance as an older person with a creative bent. Luck followed me when my first book To Be Continued attracted the attention of Vanilla Heart Publishing just three years ago and I’ve been with them ever since.
With a bit of help from Roget’s Thesaurus, here’s how I began the opening scene: (1st draft)
So I wrote: Betty Malone wakes up after a hot night of romance with her husband, for God’s sake—she thought she’d have to slip a little blue pill in his drink—they hadn’t had sex in so long, and finds a note from him. “Dear Betty, it’s not you, it’s me…” He’s flown the coop; her daughter says it’s a mid-life crisis-he’ll return. Betty, a champion swimmer at an early age, gave up her dream of Olympic Gold to marry the handsome medical student Frank Malone. He said she was a winner and coveted Betty for his own trophy. Her mother’s delight. Her coach’s nightmare. Forty years later, she’s left with Susie, Daddy’s girl, a home and sizeable income and the one thing she fought for in forty years of marriage—an Olympic size pool.
Enter Maverick, the pool guy. He’s ambitious, kind, and ruggedly handsome. They strike up a friendship and collaborate in building a pool enclosure so Betty, now called Beth, may swim all year. Heated, of course, as their relationship is about to. . .
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