Lexicon, phrase book, word list?

Blog entry posted in 'Lexicon, phrase book, word list?', Apr 29, 2019.

The residents of 18 Upper Bedford place in London in 1851 were the widowed Head of the Household, who was a retired Physician, his son, his sister, a visitor plus four servants consisting of a footman, a cook, a housemaid and a ladies maid. The reference is HO107, piece 1507, folio 182, page 33 – in case you want to take a peek. ;)

The retired physician was a 72-year-old who, far from being a gentleman of leisure, was working hard at lexicography. This was Peter Mark Roger, who first published his thesaurus the following year today, 29th April 1852. :) Having suffered from depression for a large part of his life, Roger found that by making lists, whilst categorising and classifying items, helped him to deal with this. He started compiling his thesaurus back in 1805 and his lists of words, synonyms and antonyms were more comprehensive than any others that had been made previously. Even though one critic stated that the “Thesaurus of Words and Phrases” would never become useful, this first edition quickly sold out – along with subsequent editions. :D In fact, the Thesaurus has never been out of print since 1852 and it is estimated to have sold over 30 million copies worldwide. One of those copies is sitting on my bookshelf behind me. ;)


So, the next time that you need a different word, think of Roget's Thesaurus. ;)
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  1. Archie's Mum
    We did have one but I think it left home with our daughter many years ago.
    Archie's Mum, Apr 29, 2019
  2. Schnurrbart
    Sorry to be picky on the hard work you put in, but, Roget or Roger?
    Picky- captious critical dainty fastidious fault-finding fussy nice particular persnickety
    Schnurrbart, Apr 29, 2019
  3. Philippa
    Roget - I'm pretty sure. (We don't have one to check). :)
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    Philippa, Apr 29, 2019
  4. Londoner
    Essential for doing the cryptic crossword .
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    Londoner, Apr 29, 2019
  5. Archie's Mum
    Slip of the fingers. That’s all. Perhaps they work too fast.
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    Archie's Mum, Apr 29, 2019
  6. Daft Bat
    RogeT - blasted auto-correct! Sorry folks...
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    Daft Bat, Apr 29, 2019
  7. Half Hour
    Mine fell to pieces, scraps, shreds, bits, fragments.......... years ago!
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    Half Hour, Apr 29, 2019
  8. Bay Horse
    Yes, mine was passed down, so had already had many years of service.
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    Bay Horse, Apr 29, 2019
  9. Sandiep
    trouble is today we just google everything!
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    Sandiep, Apr 29, 2019
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