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The Historical Thesaurus of English is a wonderful resource for those of us who write historical fiction. Below is a message that got sent to a scholarly listserv I'm on announcing its availability. (And just to clear up any confusion, rab is posting this, not Dr Marc Gabriel Alexander!)


For the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Historical Thesaurus of English, the University of Glasgow has made the latest version of the Thesaurus freely-available online at www.glasgow.ac.uk/thesaurus.

The Historical Thesaurus takes all the words in the 1300-year history of English and arranges them into a vast hierarchy of meanings to form a unique record of the language and its speakers. The Thesaurus is not just the world's only historical thesaurus, but it is also by far the largest and most complete thesaurus of English in any period, containing 793,742 word forms arranged into 225,131 meaning categories.

To create this resource, a team of over 230 people spent more than four decades dismantling dictionaries - including the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary - into their constituent words, noting their meanings and dates of use, and then reassembling the words into wholly new groupings based on those meanings. The new website presents the revised version 4.2 of the data, and is designed to be used on mobile phones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. The site contains comprehensive About pages with information, photographs and links to further details on the project and its history.

Dr Marc Gabriel Alexander
Director, Historical Thesaurus of English
#1 - February 08, 2015, 05:10 PM
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Oh, this is cool.  Thanks for sharing!  ::-)
#2 - February 08, 2015, 05:42 PM
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Thank you!  :thankyou

BTW, I got your Recasting the Past for Christmas (as per my demand).  :dancer
#3 - February 08, 2015, 05:42 PM
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This is wonderful--thanks, Rebecca!
#4 - February 08, 2015, 05:53 PM
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Thank you for this great resource!
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#5 - February 08, 2015, 05:57 PM
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I knew there's be an excited audience around here! I'm finding it not all that easy to use online (I'm accustomed to the print copy), but worth spending the time to figure it out.

Dews, I hope you like Recasting the Past. Please keep in mind that I wrote it before I'd written any historical fiction of my own; I would be far less critical were I to write it today!
#6 - February 08, 2015, 07:09 PM

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This is so cool, rab!  :stars3 Thanks!
#7 - February 09, 2015, 03:51 AM
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What a great resource! Thanks, RAB!
#8 - February 09, 2015, 04:27 AM
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Count on a SCBWI member for sharing their toys.  Thanks so much! 
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Dews, I hope you like Recasting the Past. Please keep in mind that I wrote it before I'd written any historical fiction of my own; I would be far less critical were I to write it today!
rab, I like it very much--very helpful.  :applause In fact, it was so helpful that I had to stop reading it for now. My stealth project is a medieval YA, and I don't have time to work on it. (My agent sold a book I haven't exactly written, so that comes first.) I was thinking about that ms. as I read your book, and of course things sprang to mind, and I found myself booting up the computer just so I could get the ideas in the right file.... Bad Dews. I'll finish it when this ms. is done and I'm free to play again.
#10 - February 09, 2015, 07:22 AM
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Wow! Thanks, rab. Best new bookmark in a long time.
#11 - February 09, 2015, 07:44 AM

Thank you, rab! This is really helpful!
#12 - February 09, 2015, 08:30 PM
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Thanks, rab! I can't wait to check this out!
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