Recently I pulled my thesaurus off the shelf to make sure I had used a word correctly, and that’s when I saw my Dad’s inscription, for my 35th birthday: “May this book help you in your journey as a wordsmith.” ~ Well, that was a bittersweet moment, since my Dad died suddenly in January, just 4 days before my 50th birthday…
And, it was a good reminder of how helpful a thesaurus can be, which gave me the idea to sometimes (on Thursdays) share interesting tidbits from my thesaurus here…
For example, while looking up the word “shard” my eyes were drawn to the word “sham.” As I read the synonyms, I thought, “Sham, that’s a cool word, I haven’t heard that word in ages.” So then, the next day, I was on a video call with one of my sons, and he used the word “sham”… I told him about my experience with seeing the word sham the night before, and he said, “Funny thing is, I don’t think I’ve ever used that word in my life!”
And then… later that afternoon, I was reading a post about how we need to shut down all the live animal markets to prevent future viruses, and the word “sham” was in the article! After not hearing that word for a long time, it appeared three times within twenty-four hours! Do you ever have that experience, where once you see something then it keeps showing up in your reality?
Yesterday was Earth Day, so I looked up the word “earth” in the thesaurus. I came upon the description for “earthy” and the synonyms surprised me. I have always considered myself to be earthy, so it was funny to see that it also means “unrefined”… I think I prefer one of the other synonyms listed: “elemental”… 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this little Thesaurus Thursday post.
With great love for words and earthiness,