Having words

Nov 12th, 2015 | By | Category: Ministry

In 1981, I bought a copy of Roget’s Thesaurus. Ambitious to be a journalist and writer, it seemed a necessary tool with which to prepare for such a trade. Reading The Guardian each morning, it seemed liberally sprinkled with words I had never previously encountered, journalists seemed to possess vast vocabularies. The ambition to write was never fulfilled, but the copy survives. Just as there are people who are said to read dictionaries, I used to read through the pages of Roget, trying to learn better and more interesting ways of …