Wednesday, March 11, 2009

THSRS: brevity is, as always, the soul of wit

preposterous
kiss
accommodate
copulation
request
carnivorous
wonder
plethora
establish
husband
movement
find
appointment
silly
advantage
transport
terrible
like
uninterrupted
constantinople
recognize
mirror
explanation
discovery
immediately
criticize
exquisite
trustworthy
face
splendid

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What's that, you ask? A list of search results from Thsrs, the online thesaurus that only gives results shorter than the word you look up. The top searches are pretty obvious fare, so the creator of Thsrs, David Friedman - the genius behind Ironic Sans - decided to check his logs and jumped ahead in the list to number 500. At that point, these are the next 30 most popular search terms.

Alas, Thrsrs doesn't find any shorter words for "soul" or "wit."

But speaking of brevity, Germaine Greer says she can think of a shorter name for D.H. Lawrence's "heaviest ore of the body." Hint: it rhymes with "wit."

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