Synonym: “A word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language” – Oxford Dictionary
When is a synonym not a synonym? And does the synonym have a synonym of its own? Writing crossword clues for a living, we get to know quite a lot about synonyms – they become our friends. They help us out, although sometimes they are not as reliable as friends should be.
The word synonym comes from the Ancient Greek syn ‘with’ and onoma ‘name’.