Links allow you to go conveniently back and forth between the dictionary and the thesaurus.
If you have a speedy computer processor and a fast hookup to the internet, we recommend the Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus.
Sometimes it's a matter of not being able to recall the right word; sometimes we never knew it.
It is also frustrating to read a newspaper or homework assignment and run across words whose meanings elude us. When your children get in trouble fighting with the neighbors' children, and your neighbors call your children swell, the battle is over and they didn't stand a chance.
Your bookstore salesperson can provide plenty of examples of an inexpensive thesaurus.
The online Merriam Webster's WWWebster Dictionary has access to both an extensive dictionary and a hyperlinked thesaurus.
Play dictionary games with your family in which someone uses the dictionary to find a neat word and writes down the real definition and everyone else writes down a fake (and funny) definition.
See how many people you can fool with your fake definitions. A thesaurus is like a dictionary except that it groups words within constellations of meaning.
Two trucks loaded with thousands of copies of Roget's Thesaurus collided as they left a New York publishing house last Thursday, according to the Associated Press. It is often useful in discovering just the right word you need to express what you want to say.
Witnesses were aghast, amazed, astonished, astounded, bemused, benumbed, bewildered, confounded, confused, dazed, dazzled, disconcerted, disoriented, dumbstruck, electrified, flabbergasted, horrified, immobilized, incredulous, nonplussed, overwhelmed, paralyzed, perplexed, scared, shocked, startled, stunned, stupified, surprised, taken aback, traumatized, upset. Make sure you correctly understand the definition of a word (by using a dictionary) before using it in some important paper or report.
What's happening is not that, all of a sudden, people are using words you never saw before, but that you are now reading and using words that you had previously ignored.