Thursday, June 05, 2014
Citations for onomasticon
A quick look at any onomasticon shows how many more Greek names begin with alpha than with any other letter.
We bring this up because today happens to be the 162nd birthday of Mr. Roget’s compendium of synonyms. Yes, on this date in 1852, the first edition of Peter Roget’s onomasticon was published.
Origin of onomasticon
Onomasticon entered English in the early 1700s from the Greek onomastikòn meaning "vocabulary arranged by subjects."