Warning: Don’t Overuse The Thesaurus

Homo-sapiens are eager to appear erudite among their peers. It is a superfluous, though, as many people do not speak as though they are living in the Eighteenth Century.

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imagesThe thesaurus and I were best friends back in middle school. I used the thesaurus for every paper and essay I wrote. I thought that I would sound smarter if I used bigger or more obscure words in replacement of simple ones. I thought I beat the system…

But, it backfired. If you use a word you’re not familiar with, you won’t be sure how to use it properly in a sentence – which can actually make you sound less intelligent.

So instead of a sentence like, (1) “My dog Skip went to the park today.”
I would end up with a sentence like, (2) “My canine Skip decamp to the esplanade present.”

Thesaurus-adI just took a fancy sounding word from each thesaurus list and inserted it into the sentence. Because I didn’t really know what the words meant, and I didn’t know how to use them properly, the sentence just…

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2 responses to “Warning: Don’t Overuse The Thesaurus

  1. I also fell in love with the thesaurus at a young age. My favorite now is “In Other Words.” It gives examples of usage and explains connotations of most words.

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