Happy Thesaurus Day! (January 18th)

(PCM) On this day in 1779, Peter Mark Roget, the father of the modern thesaurus, was delivered, produced, came into being, born. After a long career as a physician, scientist and tinkerer (he also invented a slide rule), Roget retired from medicine and dedicated his time to cataloging, assembling, gathering, composing, and compiling a dictionary of synonyms.

First published in 1852, Roget’s Thesaurus (from the Greek thēsauros, meaning storehouse, treasury or treasure) is still …

Collective Nouns – A Group of People, Animals and Things

NounsA collective noun is a word that refers to a set or group of people, animals or things.
Collective Nouns are also called Group Nouns and Group Names.

A group of Albatross is called a Rookery.
A group of Alligators is called a Congregation.
A group of Angels are called a Host.
A group of Antelope is called a Herd.
A group of Ants is called a Colony or Army or Swarm or Nest.
A …