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National Thesaurus Day. January 18.

It’s National Thesaurus Day!

No – NOT the day of the reptiles of the clade Dinosauria, “Which first appeared during the Triassic period, between 243 and 233.23 million years ago – although the exact origin and timing of the evolution of dinosaurs is the subject of active research,” says Ross Gellar of friends (our favorite paleontologist).

National THESAURUS day!

Adding more words to your vocabulary is an easy, and great – no, MARVELOUS – way to raise your self-esteem and have others look at you with admiration. And delight. And glee. Too much? Yeah, too much.

Learning new words can also help you process information faster and think in brand new ways. And there’s no better way to deepen and expand your lexicon than by strengthening your own internal thesaurus, starting with these 50 synonyms for common words. They’ll help you elevate your language, boost your brain function, and impress everyone around you.

So how about a handful of synonyms: Words or phrases that mean exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. Example: shut is a synonym of close. Difficult is a synonym of hard. That will bring us back to doe, doe, doe, doe – sorry, got carried away. But thank you Sound of Music fans for singing along.

Here are a few synonyms for common words, and words that are over used. They’ll help you elevate your language, boost your brain function, and impress everyone around you. Yes, even your boss, and your dad. Your mom loves you no matter what stupid words you use! I mean – no matter what ludicrous words you choose to communicate.

Happy National Thesaurus Day!

-Carla Rea

  • Adore (instead of love)

    I love you is nice, but I adore you – that’s impassioned!


    Irina Vodneva

  • Exasperated (in place of annoyed)

    Because exasperation goes far deeper than annoyance. Breathe in, breathe out…


    Dima Berlin Via Getty Images

  • Frugal (instead of thrifty or cheap)

    Frugal sounds adult. cheap and thrifty – that’s college. Now keep squeezing, kids!


    glebchik Via Getty Images

  • Intriguing (instead of interesting)

    When you call something “interesting,” the tone and circumstance five away whether of not you really find it “interesting.” It can sound rude rude. Intriguing—which has its roots in a French acquisition of the Italian intrigo—can be used in the same way. So can “fascinating.” So change it up!


    Dmytro Vravin Getty Images

  • Utterly (instead of literally)

    Not only is “literally” overused, but it’s often used incorrectly. So, wipe it from your vocabulary and start using utterly instead.