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March 3, 2012 3:48 PM   Subscribe

E.B. White and George Orwell both suggest that short, lively Saxon words are often better than long Latin ones. This rule has helped my own writing, but my thesaurus is still full of Greek and Latin. Is there a thesaurus that includes only Anglo-Saxon synonyms? Even better, is there one sortable by origin?
posted by ecmendenhall to Writing & Language (2 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Wikipedia has a good page on English linguistic purism and "Anglish", if you haven't seen it yet.

Here's an Anglish online wordbook, as well.
posted by edguardo at 4:40 PM on March 3, 2012 [7 favorites]

Er, an Anglish wiki. Sorry.
posted by edguardo at 4:43 PM on March 3, 2012

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