Benefits of a Paper Thesaurus

28 November, 2008

Copywriting, Freelance Writing

I had a desk thesaurus a few years ago. Then I “down-sized”- decided I’d just simplify and refer to a digital/online thesaurus when I needed a synonym. Now, a few years later I just bought a used desk thesaurus and I’m wondering how I ever thought the online thesaurus was even marginally acceptable.

There is no substitute for a paper thesaurus. Why?

If you use an online thesaurus then you are prompted to enter the word for which you need a synonym in the field provided before a search can be done. Have you thought about how limiting this really is?

Flip open a paper thesaurus and you have hundreds, thousands of words and their synonyms dancing like crazy fireflies in front of your eyes. Not only do you have access to the one word for which you seek a synonym, but you are instantly dropped on your head in a totally inspiring way. A paper thesaurus is like one large and valuable keyword list that has the uncanny and unmatched power to inspire and launch your writing into completely different and unexpected orbits.

If you’re a web copywriter and working solely with an online thesaurus, I appeal to you to lay out a few bucks for even a used desk copy. Get inspired in a totally old-fashioned way.

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4 Comments on “Benefits of a Paper Thesaurus”

  1. Scott Berkun Says:

    Totally agree with this! Same is true for dictionaries, and libraries. Never know what book you’ll stumble across on the shelves on the way to the one you’re looking for.

    Of course the web has its kind of serendipity too, but its not quite as potent for me.

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  2. jrotman Says:

    Thanks for the comment Scott. I’m a fan.

    Reply

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