(PCM) On this day in 1779, Peter Mark Roget, the father of the modern thesaurus, was delivered, produced, came into being, born. After a long career as a physician, scientist and tinkerer (he also invented a slide rule), Roget retired from medicine and dedicated his time to cataloging, assembling, gathering, composing, and compiling a dictionary of synonyms.
First published in 1852, Roget’s Thesaurus (from the Greek thēsauros, meaning storehouse, treasury or treasure) is still the go-to source for word alternates, substitutes, equivalents, euphemisms and synonyms by poets, academics, and crossword lovers everywhere. That’s quite the legacy. What’s on your retirement / bucket list?
While you contemplate, consider, ponder, puzzle over that one, take a moment to think on and thank Peter Roget. Happy Thesaurus Day!