Do you ever sit and read a thesaurus? I can’t say as I actually ‘read’ the thesaurus, but I can get quite distracted by words in there. I’ll go to look up variations of a word, and get caught by something else, which leads me to another word, and so on. (I get distracted easily, so this is nothing new. You should see me with the encyclopedias)
I find looking through a thesaurus fascinating. I have one of those inexpensive desk ones; paperback; came with a desk dictionary and synonym book as well. They were actually my father’s for at work, and they are terribly deficient for what I do. I seriously need a large, hardbound thesaurus. But in a pinch, or on a regular basis, it works like a charm. I’m forever struggling with a word thinking to myself, ‘ I need a word like rash, but it’s not that word, it starts with an ‘I’, now what is that word?” I’ll know the word, just not be able to remember it. For anyone’s information, the word I was talking about there was impulsive. A favorite word of mine, by the way.
I’m forever saying to someone, specifically my parents, “what is the word for–?” Like I’m a person doing a crossword puzzle or something. Or I’m on Jeopardy. “What is a five letter word for?” And, “Alex, I’ll take obscure words for $300.” So, thank god for thesauruses. I would go batty without one.
My word program has one, sort of. Though it is desperately lacking in any sense half the time. Fortunately my laptop came with basic Word, and there is a dictionary/thesaurus there, when my book won’t cut it. Personally I would rather have the book any day. Amazingly enough, I can get distracted with the Word program as well. I start just looking up words and ones that relate.
So in a sense, you could say I do read the thesaurus, but it’s not like I’m obsessed. Ooh look, I like that word, fixated. Oh, there’s another one, fanatical…
Pardon, see there I was distracted again.