January 18 – Thesaurus Day


Thesaurus Day

Happy Thesaurus Day! I’m excited about this one, because words are amazing. We should always endeavor to improve upon our vocabularies, because there are some beautiful, beautiful words out there! I know a man who is a headmaster of a school and his vocabulary is probably one of the universe’s infinite things: no matter what the situation, that man always has exactly the right word – his sentences are flawless. He is one of few people who can make a twenty minute long academic awards night speech that is worth listening to – simply because he speaks well.

Below I have listed some of my favourite, less common words. Celebrate today by grabbing a thesaurus and replacing boring words with more accurate and interesting ones!

My words for you: (I copied exact definitions from the beautiful http://www.thefreedictionary.com)

facetious [fəˈsiːʃəs]


1. characterized by levity of attitude and love of joking a facetious person

2. jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate times facetious remarks

(this is one of my favourite words because it is the only word that I am aware of that includes all vowels…in alphabetical order. 😀 )

slapdash [ˈslæpˌdæʃ]


in a careless, hasty, or haphazard manner


careless, hasty, or haphazard

pseudo [ˈsjuːdəʊ]


Informal not genuine; pretended


False or counterfeit; fake



characterized by bitterness or sharpness of manner, speech, temper, etc

lexicon [ˈlɛksɪkən]


1. (Linguistics) a dictionary, esp one of an ancient language such as Greek or Hebrew

2. (Linguistics) a list of terms relating to a particular subject

3. (Linguistics) the vocabulary of a language or of an individual

4. (Linguistics) Linguistics the set of all the morphemes of a language

(So basically, this is as close as you can get to a synonym for Thesaurus)

maleficent [məˈlɛfɪsənt]


causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful

(I like the word maleficent so much because it was the name of the evil witch in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Of course I didn’t understand the meaning of her name at the time, but now I find the name choice quite clever.)



Happy Thesaurus Day!



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