• Question: Is there another word for synonym?

    Asked by followtheyellowbrickroad to Meeks, Pete, Stephen, Steve, Tom on 22 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Tom Hartley answered on 17 Jun 2010:

      followtheyellowbrickroad I enjoy your questions, and I am detecting a real interest in linguistics, which can be studied as a branch of psychology (we’re also interested in how the brain deals with language). You should think about studying one of these topics at Uni, or perhaps you’re just messing about.

      To answer I don’t think there is a synonym for synonym. I have a program on my computer (which I recommend but you have to pay for the full version) called “visual thesaurus”. It links in to a big database of word meanings and there relationships. When I typed in synonym it came up with “equivalent word”, and I don’t think that counts.

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      Stephen Curry answered on 17 Jun 2010:

      Gosh, I really can’t think of an equivalent or substitute or alternative. Oh wait – there’s three of them.

      Like buses. 🙂

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      Steve Roser answered on 18 Jun 2010:

      …seems to me you’ve got one of those ‘questions that appear reasonable at first…’ books for christmas (whoops there goes my vote!)
      A synonym for synonym is unantonym (I made that up)

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      Marieke Navin answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      OK, the word synonym comes from the ancient Greek for with (syn) and name (onoma)….so if you translate this to latin you can get:

      per nomen

      which is my synonym of synonym!!