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Synonymous Saturday

15 May

Today’s word is Fussy

I personally have been overusing this particular f-word.  Micah, along with a little extra clingyness, has been a wee bit fussy per the normal daily allotment.  I think he is getting ready to cut some top teeth, but until then, it’s oragel and tylenol and a few synonyms to describe the mood!

Let’s try: demanding, bearish, boorish, fastidious, finicky, clamorous, taxing, wearing, dictatorial, unaccommodating

Micah has been quite boorish this afternoon, mainly because he refused to nap.

Your son’s crying is becoming clamorous!

Even though Micah’s moods have been taxing for us lately and he has been unusually dictatorial, he is still unbelievably precious and I love him more and more.

Synonymous Saturdays

7 May

Today’s word is Soigne or Soignee

Pronounced swhan-yey, according to dictionary.com soigne is of french origin and means fashionable, well-groomed, polished, and showing sophisticated elegance.  It is an adjective and I think it can and should be used to describe those people and things we find attractive, fashionable, or ‘rockin.’  As in:

“That actress is wearing a rockin’ outfit,” would become, “That actress is wearing a soigne little outfit.”

Hot would be another word that soigne or one of its synonyms could and should replace, as we too frequently refer to people and items as hot.  Plus, the synonyms are a bit vintage and should be fun to play around with.

Synonyms:

dolled up, dressed to advantage, dressed to kill, dressed to the teeth, dressed-up, gussied up, in full dress, in full feather, spiffed up, spruced up, well-dressed

My personal favorite used in a sentence:

“Evangeline Lilly is in full feather for the Lost finale party.”

Synonymous Saturdays

1 May

Awesome

Today’s word is one of the most overused in the English language, and I am guilty of its overuse frequently.  I mean, are there really that many amazing or awe-inspiring things we encounter on a daily basis?  Perhaps if you work in a circus or in Vegas.  I have found myself even overusing it in sarcasm.  “Yes, honey, the fact that OSU got a verbal commitment from a 5 star player today and you know everything about him, including his favorite color, is awesome.”

I think the application of awesome may be somewhat subjective, though I know it can be quite annoying when it is the only way people describe something they think is great, fun, cool, et cetera.   Here are some synonyms for awesome according to thesaurus.com:

alarming, astonishing, awe-inspiring, awful, beautiful, breathtaking, daunting, exalted, formidable, grand, impressive, majestic, magnificent, mind-blowing, moving, overwhelming, shocking, something else, super, stunning, wonderful, wondrous

I’m also going to throw in yummy.  As in, “That cake is yummy,” or “That doctor is yummy.”

So, here’s to having some mind-blowing conversations!

http://djbogtrotter.co.uk/2009/06/12/awesome

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