I like games, all types but especially word games. My love of Scrabble was developed early on as my mother and I would play for hours on end. My siblings had no interest, so it was quality mom and me time that we still take advantage of when time and situations allow. That doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, but I do appreciate her passing on a passion for words, books, and vocabulary to me.

I was one of the latecomers to e-readers, because of my preference to feel the pages of the book in my hand. I concede that convenience has long outweighed the sacrifice, and I am on my second e-reader already. However, the fascination for words, digital or otherwise, has not faltered. So when I read about the historical thesaurus, my geekness rose up in interest and pride.

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary offers terms that are mostly not in common use, but that might impress and astound your friends and family all the more. Oxford Dictionaries brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Feeling bright? 8 historical synonyms for ‘clever’.”

Melody K. Smith

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