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A Method for Selecting the "Right" Word From a Thesaurus Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016688D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-09
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"The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning-bug." Mark Twain This article suggests "ranking" words in order of "intensity" to make it easier to find the right word.

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A Method for Selecting the "Right" Word From a Thesaurus

    What I propose is a way to display (for example) all of the words found under "huge" in a thesaurus in an "ascending/descending" manner -- a taxonomy of synonyms if you will -- a way to display the intensity of given synonyms. And the word that we coined for this concept is: INTENSONYMS .

To begin with, here are the words found in Roget's under "huge," listed in alphabetical order:

behemoth Brobdingnagian Bunyanesque colossal cyclopean elephantine enormous gargantuan giant gigantesque gigantic herculean heroic immense jumbo mammoth massive
massy mastodonic mighty monster monstrous monumental mountainous prodigious pythonic stupendous titanic tremendous vast
walloping whopping

Now, assume that these words can be arranged in such a way that the word that means "least huge" appears at one end of the list and the word meaning "most huge" appears at the other end of the list, with


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the remaining words running the spectrum in-between. So, pretend that the following list is properly arranged according to the criteria just given:

massy Bunyanesque cyclopean giant
mighty heroic gigantesque walloping monster monstrous Brobdingnagian mastodonic mountainous vast behemoth immense
jumbo massive stupendous titanic tremendous monumental elephantine enormous gigantic herculean mammoth prodigious pythonic colossal whopping gargantuan

So, let's say that you're looking for a word that means "just a bit less than...