I’ve just received Hayashi Akemi’s Animation Works “thesaurus”!!!! I mostly bought it for the BF stuff but I’m really appreciating the Utena and Doukyusei contents 🥺💖
Here’s the Ash and Eiji illustration from the cover, I might scan some of it if people are interested so let me know :)
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Unusual words with beautiful meanings
Peregrinate (verb) To travel or wander around from place to place.
Serendipity (noun) Finding something good without looking for it.
Nemophilist (noun) One who is fond of forest; A haunter of the woods.
Eudaimonia (noun) The contented happy state you feel when you travel.
Eleutheromania (noun) The intense desire for freedom.
Hireath (noun) A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was.
Idyllic (adj.) Like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.
Clinomania (noun) Excessive desire to stay in bed.
Seatherny (noun) the serenity one feels when listening to the chirping birds.
Eunoia (noun) beautiful thinking a balanced mind.
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🇮🇹 Persone, famiglia e amici 🇮🇹
Bambina: Little Girl
Bambine: Little Girls
Bambino: Little Boy
Bambini: Little Boys
Nipote: Grandchild, Nephew, Niece
Nipoti: Grandkids, Nephews, Nieces
Cugino: Cousin (m)
Cugini: Cousins (m. plural)
Cugina: Cousin (f)
Cugine: Cousins (f. plural)
Amico: Friend (m)
Amici: Friends (m. plural)
Amica: Friend (f)
Amiche: Friends (f. plural)
Vicino: Neighbor (m)
Vicini: Neighbors (m. plural)
Vicina: Neighbor (f)
Vicine: Neighbors (f. plural)
Photo by Kristijan Arsov on Unsplash
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I cannot recommend this writing resource enough.
Roget’s Thesaurus is organized by categories, rather than being alphabetical like a dictionary. If you haven’t used it before, you look up the closest word you can think of in an alphabetical index, which then takes you to a page that has a cluster of words. The words are not synonymous necessarily; they’re just related, and the cluster is close to other clusters that are somewhat related.
I far preferred this to other thesauruses, which don’t take you very far from the word you looked up. Sometimes the only word I can think to look up is quite far from what I’m thinking of, or I actually want a bunch of words that create a similar feeling, but aren’t synonymous. Roget’s gives you that.
So does panlexicon. Instead of only synonyms, it gives you a lot of words that are somewhat related. For instance, if you look up “soft”, you get “tender,” but also “weak” and “low,” which are other aspects of the word soft, but not direct synonyms. But let’s say I really was trying to come up with how to describe someone who is easy to get something from, because they’re softhearted. I can then click on “tender,” so now I’m searching for words that are related to both soft AND tender. Then I get “gentle,” “mild,” and “lenient”. Lenient still isn’t QUITE what I mean, but if I search “gentle”, “mild”, and “lenient,” I get “complacent,” “indulgent,” and “tolerant.” By then, I’ve got what I want.
It’s literally the best and it’s the only thesaurus I use these days.
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A bit of April 29th history...
1587 - Sir Francis Drake sails into Cadiz, Spain and sinks the Spanish fleet (pictured)
1707 - English and Scottish parliaments accept Act of Union which creates the United Kingdom of Great Britain
1852 - 1st edition of Roget’s Thesaurus published
1975 - US begins evacuation from Saigon in Operation Frequent Wind in response to advancing N Vietnamese army, bringing an end to US involvement in war
1992 - Jury acquits LA police officers in beating of Rodney King, riots begin
2018 - The Simpsons surpass Gunsmoke’s 635 episodes for longest running tv series
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“Two researchers from the New York University Abu Dhabi have developed a first-of-its kind Arabic thesaurus. The new tool provides a novel way to search Arabic words, their related forms and English equivalents, said associate professor of practice of Arabic language Muhamed Al Khalil.
Al Khalil co-developed the interface with professor of computer science Nizar Habash.
“A user can search using any conjugated form of a word and the tool will identify all the Arabic roots and dictionary entries associated with that word based on different vowelisations, known as ‘harakaat’ in Arabic. It will link to different related words, by same root, synonyms, antonyms, etc.
“It will provide the readability level, which ranks the difficulty or easiness of the word and tells the expected language proficiency needed of the readers to understand the word. A user can search in Arabic or English, but the results and relationships are primarily focused on Arabic,” Al Khalil said.
Habash said the tool provides readability on a five-level scale. “For example, the following three words for beauty in Arabic come from three levels ‘jamaal’ (level 1), husn (level 3) and sabaaha (level 5). Comparatively, in English, it’s beauty (lower level, easy readability) and pulchritude (higher level, difficult readability).”
The NYUAD-funded project Simplification of Arabic Masterpieces for Extensive Reading (SAMER) laid the research groundwork for the development of the tool.
Habash underlined that Arabic is challenging and complex for many reasons.
“Words have many different conjugations. For example, a verb in Arabic can have more than 5,000 forms, compared to English with five to six forms or Chinese with one form,” he said.
He added that Arabic has a very ambiguous spelling system and many dialectal variants.
The tool can be used by teachers and learners, and to improve Arabic writing in various sectors — from art to science writing to government and media. Learners can use it as a standard to simplify Arabic fiction, which may have archaic words or complex multi-layered meanings and connotations.
“Students and teachers can use the thesaurus to learn new words using simpler forms and also determine if a word is appropriately used for a particular context. An aspiring poet or novelist can use this to identify words that can help them improve their writing and style. Most Arabic thesauri do not provide readability information. This is the gap we fill. However, to make this resource particularly useful to teachers and educators, we have developed a simplification interface built on our lexicon and its readability levels,” Al Khalil noted.
The tool is a demonstration of how basic enabling technologies for Arabic can help users.
Habash added: “The specific readability lexicon aspect is interesting for automatic AI text simplification, an area we look forward to exploring in the future.””
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I love a good thesaurus. ~ eP
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hey frank do you have a good recipe for coffee
In so many words, this was in response to the standard line at coffee shops, "It's not the coffee, it's the caffeine tolerance"
In more detail:
Brew the coffee, either in a French press or a drip pot. Take one sip, and then add about eight heaping spoonfuls of sugar. Add a dash of cinnamon, then consume the coffee with a big meal like a sandwich. It's supposed to aid digestion, presumably by diluting the acidity of the stomach contents, and masking their tariiness. (If you get really into it you might do the whole concoction without the meal, but then the French-press leaves you with a bunch of leftover coffee that gets reheated and poured into a glass for the dog)
Some people take it black.
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Thesaurus.com, this is the least helpful you have ever been.
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Suffering Imposter Syndrome?
English is your second language?
Your Google search history full of spelling questions and thesaurus usage? GOOD!
This doesn’t make you a bad writer! Spelling in the English language is hard enough for native English speakers! Recently, I have suddenly forgotten how to spell ‘maintenance’. Maintenence? Maintanence? Mantananance. That’s what spell check is there for! And proof readers, those really can help and you’d be surprised to find out who’s willing and EXCITED to help.
It AMAZING that you recognize a need for descriptive language! So many authors have naught a fuck to give! You don’t have to go all Charles Dickens crazy with your descriptions, but sometimes you KNOW the words you have aren’t enough. Something else is needed and you delve into a thesaurus or a writing friend’s brain for advice and you find THE WORDS and you can move on!
This isn’t a negative trait in writing! It’s awareness and a sense of building yourself into a BETTER writer. The words you find today you might remember for next time!
((Don’t get me wrong, you can go waaaay overboard with picking your wording, especially if it’s for the wrong reasons))
Please don’t feel inadequate as a writer to Google and keep a thesaurus on your person for so long that the edges rub round and the pages are a bit bent and people look at you strange because why do you have a thesaurus in your hand what a weirdo. What? I didn’t do this... you can’t prove it.
Keep writing. Keep using resources. That’s why they’re THERE. Keep growing. You’re doing great.
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the thesaurus man
will not listen to your complaints
he will only listen
to your REMONSTRATION
when your neighbor reads the thesaurus out loud at 3am
he doesn’t just read he VOCIFERATES
and he doesn’t just VOCIFERATE
so OBSTREPEROUSLY that you
ROUSE from your
and IMPRECATE at your PLAFOND
you cannot convince
you can only INVEIGLE him
with SOMNORIFIC SOMNIPATHY to SOMNIATE
//the thesaurus man by: Alec Prado//
Writerscreed Challenge: Inveigle
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Words to describe someone’s voice
adenoidal (adj) : some of the sound seems to come through their nose.
appealing (adj): voice shows that you want help, approval, or agreement.
breathy (adj): with loud breathing noises.
booming (adj): very loud and attention-getting.
brittle (adj): if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry.
croaky (adj): they speak in a low, rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat.
grating (adj): a grating voice, laugh, or sound is unpleasant and annoying.
gravelly (adj): a gravelly voice sounds low and rough.
high-pitched (adj): true to its name, a high-pitched voice or sound is very high.
honeyed (adj): honeyed words or a honeyed voice sound very nice, but you cannot trust the person who is speaking.
matter-of-fact (adj): usually used if the person speaking knows what they are talking about (or absolutely think they know what they are talking about).
penetrating (adj): a penetrating voice is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable.
raucous (adj): a raucous voice or noise is loud and sounds rough.
rough (adj): a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to.
shrill (adj): a shrill voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant.
silvery (adj): this voice is clear, light, and pleasant.
stentorian (adj): a stentorian voice sounds very loud and severe.
strangled (adj): a strangled sound is one that someone stops before they finish making it.
strident (adj): this voice is loud and unpleasant.
thick (adj): if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion.
tight (adj): shows that you are nervous or annoyed.
toneless (adj): does not express any emotion.
wheezy (adj): a wheezy noise sounds as if it is made by someone who has difficulty breathing.
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Surreal word of today
(to) alter (verb):
to change in course of time, mixture of changing and aging
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I’m listening to local radio about a thesaurus leak in my area. I’m worried, bothered, concerned, apprehensive, fraught, fretful and nervous about it.
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Always think of this scene when I'm trying to write smut
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“For each new derivation of this sentence, each word will be replaced by a synonym in the inbuilt word processor’s thesaurus that has the same place in the list as the number of the derivation.”
+ 17 iterations of the process described in step 0
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Before He Wrote a Thesaurus, Roget Had to Escape Napoleon’s Dragnet
At the dawn of the 19th century, the young Brit got caught in an international crisis while touring Europe
By Claudia Kalb
In January 1802, Peter Mark Roget was an ambivalent young medical school graduate with no clear path. He lacked the professional connections that were crucial to a fledgling English physician and was eager for a reprieve from a life largely orchestrated by his widowed mother, Catherine, and his uncle and surrogate father, Samuel Romilly, who together had steered him to study medicine.
Roget had spent the previous four years since his graduation taking additional courses and working odd jobs, even volunteering in the spring of 1799 as a test subject at the Pneumatic Institution in Clifton, England, for a trial of the sedative nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. With no immediate professional path, he felt unsettled and despondent. Romilly suggested a change of scenery. Accordingly, he introduced his nephew to John Philips, a wealthy cotton mill owner in Manchester, with the plan that Roget would chaperone Philips’ teenage sons, Burton and Nathaniel, who were about to embark on a year-long trip to the continent to study French and prepare for a career in business. Roget had caught a big break—or so he thought. The timing, it turns out, could not have been worse, and so began a telling adventure in the early life of a man now known worldwide for his lexicography in his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, one of the most influential reference books in the English language.
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The city is lost. The royal guards are no where to be seen.
Let Twizilla deals with Thesaurus. We will deal with collateral damage in the aftermath.
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