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The thesaurus needs improving

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As time marches on -- and it does, although, sadly it seems to have moved to at least a jog now and is threatening to break into a full gallop at any time -- my ability to fish words out of my vocabulary when needed has declined.

As a result, I am thrown increasingly on my reference resources, and as a result of that I am finding the Nisus thesaurus wanting more and more often.

This morning, for example, I had too many uses of "major" as an adjective in one sentence. I went to the Nisus thesaurus looking for some alternatives. Bad luck -- not a single reference provided for the use of major as an adjective -- e.g. a major development.

I have had other frustrations of this nature in the past -- in fact, because of that I have not relied on it too much -- but haven’t been as irritated as I was this morning! Perhaps along with loss of capacity to retrieve wanted word, I am getting crotchety too. And perhaps the problems of being on the move, with none of my reference books to hand, and only a chancy and slow internet connection available, are contributing to it.

Whatever -- I feel the thesaurus needs work, preferably quickly so I am still compos enough to to take advantage of it.

Cheers, geoff

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Re: The thesaurus needs improving

Post by Hamid »

There is a thesaurus in the System's Dictionary app.
Here is what it gives for 'major' used as adjective:
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Re: The thesaurus needs improving

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Good lord, who would have known? Well, you, obviously, Hamid, but not me! I have never even looked at it. Now it has a place next to NWP in my dock. Many thanks. :)

Cheers, geoff

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Re: The thesaurus needs improving

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Actually, we ought to have a preference to use the OS thesaurus instead of the Nisus thesaurus in the Language panel.

Still, I will just use the contextual menu command "Look up in Dictionary" in future. No biggy, but …

In any case, I will be abandoned on 2.0.7 (on X.6.8) with the next update.

I'll be a norphan! Sigh!

Cheers, geoff

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Post by ptram »

I don't know if I set the shortcut in some ways, but I can invoke the system thesaurus by tapping a word with three fingers. Maybe it's something in the Preferences.

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Post by xiamenese »

Yes, you set it up in the trackpad preferences. I also had a keyboard shortcut set up to invoke it, but I seem to have lost it, or maybe it’s specific to Scrivener, but I tend to use the three-finger tap anyway.

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