Online Thesaurus Gives Shorter Alternatives To Big Words

thsrs for twitter

Love Twitter and other brevity-based social platforms, but hate truncating your words with abbreviations or, worse yet, using numbers and single letters in their place? Then ur going 2 luv this online tool from Ironic Sans--the Thsrs (the shorter thesaurus).

The concept is simple: enter a long word into the text box, click the 'Look Up' button, and Thsrs provides synonyms that decrease your character count. For instance, searching the word 'effervescent' suggests 'sparkly,' 'bubbly,' and 'fizzy', amongst others. Now you can spell out whole words in your post without sacrificing precious characters.

Lauren Dugan of AllTwitter loves Thsrs. She writes, "With this little tool, you don’t have to commit grammar suicide, nor change the meaning of your tweets. You simply get more spare characters for your efforts."

The search engine has applications beyond social networking, too. Say you're trying to tone down the flowery language in your story, and you're particularly struggling with the word 'lugubrious.' Well, Thsrs tells you 'sorrowful' is a shorter and more direct alternative, one your readers (hopefully) don't have to look up in the dictionary.

You can use Thsrs online here. There's also an option to install it as a plug-in for Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Who thinks this is a useful tool? Pointless? Will it inspire people to Tweet more intelligently?

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mwmullin's picture
mwmullin from New Zealand October 19, 2012 - 1:58pm

I just got out of bed and loaded this article while checking some other stuff in other browser tabs.
When I returned to this tab, I clicked on the image and started to type in a word.

The Key Lime's picture
The Key Lime from Staten Island is reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy October 20, 2012 - 10:13am

There should be a similar tool that goes in the opposite direction for students trying to up their page counts. 

Alex Radyushin's picture
Alex Radyushin June 22, 2013 - 1:34pm - has tons of synonyms and allows to search by term length.