I am a retired junior high and community college English instructor and present-as-I-know-how poet. Finding "le mot juste" is greatly aided by a timely consultation of Visual Thesaurus, and I appreciate that.
This is one of the most demeaning words in the English language, I think. It's the word that's used in situations when the user doesn't wish to be bothered with thinking of a more precise term. What's worse, its (over)use is usually intended as a compliment!