Academic journal article Language Arts

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Written by Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Eerdmans, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-8028-5385-1

Peter Mark Roget was a list maker, almost from the beginning of his life. After losing his father at the tender age of four, Peter discovered that books could and would be his constant where friends and family were not. By age eight, he wrote his first book-a book of lists. Lists brought order to his life and allowed him to keep track of the things in which he was interested. Those interests ran the gamut from plants, animals, and insects to just the right word for all occasions. Peter was a thinker, a scientist, and a doctor; and in 1852, he published his thesaurus. With thanks to Mr. Roget, we can have a thesaurus at our fingertips to find just "the right word. …

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