Drop that Roget's
Today's Herb and Jamaal irritates me.
Dammit, Herb. I am so sick of people “us[ing] a thesaurus” and plugging one word into the space of another with no regard for register (the thugs threw him off the riparian bank) or worse for syntactic constraints (“They assisted him do it.” "She desired him for help". "They aided the resistance to upgrade weapons.")
Can “mover, engenderer, originator, producer, begetter, author” be used interchangeably with “creator”? Or “architect, deviser, shaper”? Or – the ones he’ll get under its first listing – “artist, artiste, maker, master, dauber, copyist, craftsman, artisan”? It would serve you right if he put “a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world” [Santayana] where he’d had “creator” to start with (you know, something like "The "dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world" [Santayan] of the radio was not Marconi."). Too many people use thesauruses, dammit.