Meet Peter Mark Roget (pronounced "Roh-Zhay"), without whom many writers today would be:
at a loss,
pulling our hair out,
in utter despair,
wracked with misery!
Peter was a collector. He collected words, made lists, and categorised them accordingly. Peter scribbled words and built his list. He'd been building it since he was eight.
We follow Peter as he grew into a teen who liked solitary walks, who became a tutor to a pair of boys, and who eventually went into the field of medicine.
Later on, when his children were grown, he finally published his collection, Roget's Thesaurus.
Speaking merely to communicate wasn't good enough. Peter wanted to speak with clarity and conviction. And he wanted everyone to have the power to find the right word for every occasion!
And in this occasion, I think this biography, presented through the ever-lovely mixed-media artwork of Melissa Sweet, is:
fun to read, and
splendid to pore over.
When I was very young (around 9), an English teacher recommended the thesaurus and I thought the person who wrote it was a genius. (How did this stranger know I'd needed help with stronger vocabulary?)
It helped me write my compositions a lot better . . .
Until one day, when I was in junior college (17-18) and still writing essays, my English teacher said we shouldn't use the thesaurus. (He probably meant we shouldn't over-use it but he didn't clarify.) He said it made us lazy in our descriptions. We'd use a whole bunch of words to say the same thing over and over.
He had a point. We were using the thesaurus thoughtlessly.
But it wasn't a full point.
Now that I write for a living, I find the thesaurus a gem again. Yet, it isn't about finding a list of words to mean the same thing. Not at all.
It really is about finding the right word for the right occasion.
About clicking into place.
(Of course, sometimes what we wish to express cannot be found in the thesaurus. Then we'll have to find other ways to click into place. That's when another realm of interesting begins, hey?)
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