Do you know what a ‘nose compass’ is? Or ‘lunettes’? They are historical terms for spectacles. The word spectacle itself is has been in circulation since 1386. Cool huh? Handy info especially if you are writing something historical, or with historical elements.
The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is now available online, it has alternative terms for loads of words (well a dictionary-worth) and the period it was used in, if it was colloquial or not. Quite a cool resource for writers!
You can find it here: Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary – you’re welcome!