National Thesaurus Day – January 18, 2022 Activities, History, Celebration

National Thesaurus Day is a holiday celebrated annually on January 18th. It honors the birthday of Dr. Roget, who was the creator of one of the most popular English language dictionaries in history. In addition to being a well-respected doctor and author, he also created this special day to celebrate his work with words and word usage. This blog post will explore National Thesaurus Day’s origins as well as its cultural significance today!

History Of National Thesaurus Day

There are a lot of words in the English language, but sometimes we need help finding just what those perfect syllables should be. Fortunately for us writers and vocabulary buffs out there – Thesaurus Day is here!

The word “the” can mean different things depending on the context–and this little ambiguity might have been interpreted by some readers as confusion about exactly who or what was being discussed. My proposed edit clarifies that these two people were talking specifically referring to their own selves when discussing how many times they said “myself.”

Poets have long used words in their melodious composition of phrases to evoke the most powerful images, knowing that “very happy” is not enough.

Even though it may feel good and be worth all our time working toward this point where we can say things like “I’m so satisfied” or even just take pleasure from life as it comes at us without worry–we still need more than happy if you want something lasting!

National Thesaurus Day Activities

  1. Play a game of “synonym password”

Create a word-based stack of cards to see if you can stump your friend.

The best way I know how is by making an improvisation for this game show variation. Make sure each card has at least two words on it and try not to use any common phrases or homonyms (words spelled alike). There’s no penalty other than knowing that someone will always be able to find the answer because they’re better read in between those lines!

  1. Rewrite a famous poem or story

If you’re looking for a little lighthearted wordplay, try changing the words of famous works. For example:

-“The Raven” becomes “Nevermore.” or “Jokes on You! Joke Soup Edition!”

  1. Flip through a thesaurus, for old time’s sake

You can find new words by paging through a book, too! There are times when I use the online tester and sometimes it is just more fun to read about what people are saying in their articles.

Thesaurus’s these days seem like an easy option but if you’re looking for something specific then who knows where that will take us 😉


  1. It helps us expand our vocabulary

A bigger vocabulary is better (or exceptional, superior, and of higher quality)! It helps us communicate with different groups of people. A confident individual will do well in any situation no matter who they’re speaking to or what subject they are discussing!

  1. Bigger vocabularies help kids learn

Word choice is a child’s most powerful tool for creativity and imagination. When they’re given the opportunity, kids will explore their world in new ways with words on every page!

Words are essential to all children because it allows them an outlet where they can be creative without restrictions or limitations – if there was only one way we could give our children this gift of expression then word mastery would suffice but alas life has many avenues which mean young ones must also learn some adult-else too so when reading aloud teach your little genius phrases like “I am very excited,”

  1. It helps us tell a better story

The Three Little Pigs would have been nothing without a thesaurus. It gave them a rhythm and urgency, so they could get their house built quickly before blowhard Big Bad Wolf came around again!

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