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Postby Sanymh » Wed May 25, 2011 9:13 pm

Spent a good 30 seconds staring at that word today.
Would be interesting to know the history of it!
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Postby Slava » Wed May 25, 2011 10:02 pm

There is surely more, but here's the start:

etymnonline.com wrote:thesaurus
1823, "treasury, storehouse," from L. thesaurus "treasury, treasure," from Gk. thesauros "a treasure, treasury, storehouse, chest," from root of tithenai "to put, to place." The meaning "encyclopedia filled with information" is from 1840, but existed earlier as thesaurarie (1592), used as a title by early dictionary compilers. Meaning "collection of words arranged according to sense" is first attested 1852 in Roget's title. Thesaur is attested in M.E. with the meaning "treasure" (15c.-16c.).


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thesaurus

Postby sardith » Wed May 25, 2011 11:19 pm

Reminds me of a quote I saw once:


“What's another word for Thesaurus?” ~Stephen Wright~

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