Latest Peter Mark Roget Stories

2009-10-12 08:44:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oxford University Press will publish the Historical Thesaurus of the OED (HTOED) this week. The HTOED boasts two claims to fame -- it's the world's largest thesaurus and it's the first of its kind in any language. Based on the 2nd edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the HTOED contains almost every word in the 20 volume dictionary, plus a considerable amount of Old English vocabulary, sourced from A Thesaurus of Old English. The...

2008-09-22 10:50:00

New historical evidence suggests the telescope may have been invented in Spain, not the Netherlands or Italy as scientists once thought. The findings suggest the telescope's creator could have been a spectacle-maker based in Gerona, Spain. The first refracting telescopes were thought to have appeared in the Netherlands in 1608 and may actually have been made for Spanish merchants. According to historian Nick Pelling, the inventor could have been a man called Juan Roget, who died between 1617...

Word of the Day
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.