Write with Emacs 2: Synonyms
2021-11-05 #emacs #writing
The limits of language are the limits of one’s world. ~Ludwig Wittgenstein
My limited vocabulary should be a limit of my writing.
Looking up Synonyms with Power Thesaurus
I find looking up synonyms is a way to extend one’s active vocabulary. For instance, I can replace beautiful (active vocabulary) with something more specific and accurate, like attractive, lovely, gorgeous, charming, splendid, appealing (passive vocabulary).
In Emacs, emacs-powerthesaures is a package to look up synonyms by fetching data from Power Thesaurus.
Here is a mini demo:
The package defines three interactive functions:
powerthesaurus-lookup-word: look up synonyms of a provided word
powerthesaurus-lookup-word-at-point: look up synonyms of the word at point
powerthesaurus-lookup-word-dwim: combine the above two,
- if the current point (cursor) has a word, then calls (2)
- otherwise, calls (1)
Here is my configuration:
(use-package powerthesaurus :bind ("M-`" . powerthesaurus-lookup-word-dwim))
Use words that you know. Otherwise, check the meaning and learn that new word first!