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Words matter! Everyone needs a Thesaurus
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Words matter! Everyone needs a Thesaurus

IMG_0186If words matter, anyone who does any writing at all even if it’s just emails needs a thesaurus, especially if you want to keep your writing bright and interesting. And who doesn’t want to write memorable prose

So it was a no-brainer for me when I saw that the publishers of my favorite dictionary app Dictionary.com had just launched Thesaurus Rex which offers the first significant upgrade to any thesaurus in more than a century. “Because the English language is so dynamic, most people would be shocked to learn how static the world’s thesauri have been – there hasn’t been a substantive update to any major thesaurus in about 160 years,” said David Wygant , VP of Product, Dictionary.com. “A re-envisioned thesaurus is long-overdue, and Dictionary.com is thrilled to offer it.”

 

Thesaurus Rex places the most up-to-date collection of synonyms and antonyms right at the fingertips of anyone looking for just the right term with features such as:

  • Relevance: rank synonyms and discover the “best match” based on how closely a term’s sense matches with the sense of the word you searched.
  • Complexity: sort synonyms based on their difficulty, adjusting the filter to either simplify or peruse terms that are moredifficult, unusual or complex.
  • Length: filter synonyms based on character count – perfect for writing sparse advertising copy, lengthening an essay, or scaling to the specified length of any project.
  • Favorites: create your own unique lists of favorite synonyms, so you don’t have to keep looking up the same word.
  • Examples & Tips: avoid common mistakes with usage notes and example sentences. (an in-app upgrade)
  • Word Origin & History: access important context and background on the words you search. (included with above in-app upgrade)
  • Rhymes & Syllables: enrich poetry and song lyrics with a comprehensive rhyming dictionary that allows you to sort by exact number of syllables. (in app-upgrade)
This video gives a good summary of the capabilities of this versatile app:
This is a great app for anyone who takes pride in their writing. It is certainly the best thesaurus app you can buy.
Thesaurus Rex is currently a $2.99 download from the App Store…certainly a bargain at that price but you can easily double your cost with in-app purchases for extra features and that is my only complaint about this great app. i hate in-app upgrades of purchased apps, either the full featured app should be priced properly up front or a limited time/featured app should be offered for free with a properly priced upgrade for the full featured app. Don’t nickel and dime me.

 

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Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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