Dare to Read

June 28, 2011

Tip of the Week: Using a Thesaurus

Filed under: On Writing — carmenferreiroesteban @ 8:11 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


This is what Gotham teacher, Brandi Reissenweber, has to say about using a thesaurus:


Used improperly, the thesaurus can make bad writing even worse. Too often, writers turn to it looking simply to swap one word for another, but words are rarely that interchangeable. When you’re heading out the door, you don’t simply reach in your bin and pluck out any old hat. Operating under that practice, you might end up wearing a floppy straw hat on a day when the temperature plummets below zero, a baseball cap to your sister’s formal wedding, or a bike helmet for a romantic walk on the beach. They’re all head coverings, but they clearly have different uses.



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