Thesaurus Tyrannosaurus – “A”

eeYup. When I was a child, I thought ‘thesaurus’ was the name of a dinosaur.

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 11.25.47 PMNow that I’m older, I know better. And I’ve come to believe thesauruses (thesauri?) are pretty nifty. So nifty, I’ve decided to spend the month of April exploring my thesaurus as I blog my way through the alphabet on the A to Z Challenge.

It’s April 1st. Let’s start with the letter A.


Did you know the word ‘alright’ is not all right?

All right, when used as an adjective, means satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, fairly good, passable, reasonable, so-so, OK, and jake.

Yes, jake. As in: “After the power came back on, everything was jake again.”

If you ask someone, “Are you all right?” You’re asking them if they are OK, unhurt, uninjured, unharmed, unscathed, in one piece, safe, safe and sound; well, fine, and ‘alive and well.’

And if you tell someone, “It’s quite all right if you go home now.” You’re implying their departure is permissible, permitted, allowed, allowable, admissible, acceptable, legal, lawful, legitimate, authorized, sanctioned, approved, in order, OK, legit, and my favorite: licit. Which means: not forbidden; lawful. As in, licit drugs vs. illicit drugs. Or, all right drugs vs. not all right drugs.


Actually, that’s not all right. Thank you cartoonmaker for the cute dinosaur drawing, and thank you Eminem and Rihanna for the song lyrics, but you’re not supposed to say ‘alright.’ I thought we went over this.

All right can function as an adverb, too. “The car works all right.” is the same as saying the car works satisfactorily, adequately, fairly well, passably, acceptably, reasonably, or OK.

“It’s her all right!” means definitely, certainly, unquestionably, undoubtedly, undeniably, assuredly, for sure, without (a) doubt, beyond (any) doubt, beyond the shadow of a doubt, and my favorite: indubitably. Did you just sing ‘indubitably’? So did I. We have Schoolhouse Rock to thank for that impulse.

All right, all right! Let’s close with an exclamation. In this case, all right means very well (then), fine, good, yes, agreed, right (then), OK, okey-dokey, roger, and an odd one: wilco, which is used to express compliance or agreement, especially when receiving instructions over the radio.

“Stop talking about your thesaurus.”
“Roger, wilco.”

All righty then, that’s it. I’m out.

Blogging from A to Z


Today was brought to you by the letter A.
Tomorrow? You guessed it. The letter B.



48 thoughts on “Thesaurus Tyrannosaurus – “A”

    • Yes – let’s hope it’s going to be a fun month, Cinthia! That is . . . if I can make the thesaurus fun, amusing, entertaining, pleasant, merry, witty, and lively.

      Wish me luck!

    • And I’m going to love your A to Z Challenge, Martha. I’m attending a French Film Festival all weekend so your A to Z blog post was PERFECT!

      And by ‘perfect’ I mean: excellent, splendid, and superb.

  1. Julie, thanks so much for popping over and you’ve chosen a real favourite of mine…the Thesaurus. I used to eat it, I mean, read it at school. I think it really helped to nurture my love of words. One of my favourite thesaurus finds was the word “lackadaisical”. Being big on combining all my goodies in one line, I wrote a poem with this line: “lackadaisically lazing under the mango tree”. Even I now find it over the top!
    All the best for the challenge and I look forward to more alphbet soup as we go through the month…with a bit of added thesaurus for protein, of course!
    xx Rowena

  2. To a child it was only natural to think you had found the name of a new species of dinosaur! 🙂 This is going to be a fun month. Thanks for visiting me.

  3. Great post! Nice post! I enjoyed finding your blog through the A to Z Blog Challenge. Good luck with A to Z!
    Trisha Faye
    Vintage Daze

  4. That is a great idea for a theme and hey, I learned something, too! I can certainly understand why you would have thought thesaurus was a type of dinosaur when you were a kid. It makes a cute theme now. 🙂

    • Thanks Stephanie!

      I think I might get a little WILD with the thesaurus tomorrow… Letter B. Think I’ll highlight the word BUTT.


  5. You just warmed my English teacher heart, Julie! I try not to be nit-picky when someone is speaking, but I want that tee shirt that says, “I am silently correcting your grammar!” Loved your post 🙂

    • Yay me! I’ve attracted an 🙂 English teacher 🙂 to my website. Oh, but now, I’m shaking in my boots a bit.

      There weren’t any typos . . . were there?

  6. Hello Julie, Thanks for popping over to my blog from the challenge. It’s going to be a fun month! Came for a peak at your offering, a co worker & I were laughing out loud. I LOVE word play. Al righty then, let the fun of April continue.

    • I’m so very, very, very (three verys) happy to hear my post made you both laugh. Tune in Tuesday when our poor dinosaur receives some very depressing news from the thesaurus! Letter D. Poor dinosaur…

  7. Cool! You will come in handy. As I writer, not only am I a terrible speller, but I use all right wrong all the time, leading to God knows what other words I misuse on a daily basis 🙂

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  9. Brilliant! You’ve tickled my inner grammar nazi, my vocab vixen and made me chuckle. Fab, fun & I’m looking forward to more (luckily, you’ve already posted B, so I’m off there now!)

  10. Ooh, this is going to be fun! I like you using the dinosaur, I mean thesaurus for your challenge posts! Thanks for dropping by my blog yesterday, I hope your other visits went well!

  11. I loved Schoolhouse Rock too. I remember my AP English teacher asking the class about the uses of an adverb and the entire class spontaneously started singing the song. She almost passed out from laughing so hard.

  12. Alright. I think you’ve gotten me straightened out on this. So happy to see you are doing the A-to-Z. I had so much fun when I did it a couple of years ago. Maybe next year.

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