I've noticed several threads on here that had either suggested the use of a thesaurus or talked about using one in order to find a specific "smart" sounding word or help to replace a simple or "common word". So that made me decide to post this thread, instead of respond to each of these threads seperately using the same advice. IMO and based on personal experience, I would refrain on using a thesaurus for two reasons: -to sound smart, or to replace a commonly used word -to simply fill in the blank (titles, stuck on words, etc) Using a thesaurus to sound smart or replacing a commonly used word is a big "no-no" for me. Leaning up against using a word that you aren't familiar with will be noticed and pointed out by the reader (or reviewer). It is commonly done that finding a word that "sounds good" or seems to sound smart will only be used once throughout the writing. A reader/reviewer wll DEFINITELY be able to tell that you have dug into the "thesaurus hole". If the reader sees that a unique word had been used just once will be pointed out and brought up. But, if that reader/reviewer sees that the word had shown up several times, then they know that the writer knows what he/she is talking about and will not be pointed out. I know this from personal experience, in the past, my best friend was a thesaurus. I always dug inside of the "thesaurus hole" all the time and my writing teacher caught what I was doing and pointed it out to me. She said that there is NO NEED to sound smart. She could tell that I had used the thesaurus without even seeing the book in my hands. She could only tell by reading, which you, as a writer, shall keep in mind about your readers and reviewers. She had broken me from doing so and made me use the words I was already familiar with and could pull out of my head. I understand the use of a thesaurus will be commonly used if you are stuck on a word. Yes, if you are familiar with the word you're stuck on and it is just on the tip of you tongue, but cannot get it out, a thesaurus is okay to use. But if you're stuck on a word, that is NOT on the tip of your tongue, and your problem is the fact that you worded your sentence in a way that may need a certain word placed there, will only tell you: WORD THE SENTENCE DIFFERENTLY AND CHANGE IT!!! Tweak the sentence several times until it sounds like YOU and not someone else's writing. Also, refrain from someone writing or correcting that sentence for you, because again, IT IS NOT YOU. Other opinions and views about this are welcomed, for I am interested in other's views and opinions. I'm not meaning for this to be looked upon as a debate, but looked upon as a VERY common issue among the writing industry. You may agree, or disagree, I accept either. I just thought I'd take this time to express my opinion and let all of you know that this has happened to me personally and please keep an open mind of what may happen. Thank you, happy writing, and have a most wonderful day!