Yesterday the hubster came home bearing gifts. (Good man!)
Well, one gift, anyhow—which is plenty. It was a belated Christmas gift, something that had been on backorder since early December.
I am now the giddy owner of The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter E. Meltzer. This isn’t your typical Roget. No—the subtitle explains its haecceity (uniqueness): Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words. This thesaurus gives ludic (playful) synonyms and piquant (interesting) phrases that aren’t found in a regular thesaurus.
Think of it as a Fancy Nancy book for grown-ups.
For example, who knew that foofaraw is another way to say that someone is making a fuss over a trivial matter?
And if you need a snazzy way to say that something is odd, The Thinker’s Thesaurus gives five entries:
odd (as in departing from the standard or norm) adj.: heteroclite
odd (as in eccentric) adj.: pixilated
odd (as in unconventional) adj.: outré
odd (as in perplexing) adj.: quisquous
odd (as in unusual) adj.: selcouth
Who knew the word odd had so many variants?
See? This book makes the perfect gift—it’s ratiocinative (sensible), frutuous (fruitful, productive), and perdurable (lasting, durable).
For a word lover like me, it also gives hours of felicific reading.
In case your interest has been piqued, the book has a subscription service so you can register to receive a synonym-a-day. How great is that?!
Happy wordsmithing to you.