Posts Tagged ‘The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate’

This Could Be Harmful to Your Health!

July 11, 2018

Today’s word is a very common word attributed to one’s life and/or lifestyle and eating habits.   But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use a different word every now and then.

unhealthy

\ uhn-hel-thee \, adjective;

1. not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition.
2. symptomatic of or resulting from bad health
3. not conducive to good health; unhealthful
4. morally bad, harmful, or contaminating
5. dangerous; risky

 

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

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I Condemn Thee!

June 20, 2018

Today’s word is not quite as common a word as some of my previous posts.  So, your need of additional synonyms to “change things up” may not be quite as critical, but here we go nonetheless.

vituperation

\ vahy-too-puhrey-shuh n, -tyoo-, vi- \, adjective;

1.  verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.

 

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Woe Is Me!

May 30, 2018

Today’s word seems to have nothing but negative connotations . . . which in my opinion makes this a wretched word (figuratively as well as literally).

wretched

\ rech-id \, adjective;

1. very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
2. characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow.
3. despicable, contemptible, or mean.
4. poor, sorry, or pitiful; worthless.

 

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

A Little Zest!

May 9, 2018

Today’s word while frequently tied to cooking, recipes, and flavoring, comes with additional definitions related to the vim and vigor that can accompany your life.  And let’s not forget the the brand of soap either.

zest

\ zest \, noun;

1. keen relish; hearty enjoyment; gusto.
2. an agreeable or piquant flavor imparted to something.
3. anything added to impart flavor, enhance one’s appreciation, etc.
4. piquancy; interest; charm.
5. liveliness or energy; animating spirit.
6. the peel, especially the thin outer peel, of a citrus fruit used for flavoring:

lemon zest.

verb (used with object)
7. to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.

 

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Death and Taxes!

April 17, 2018

Happy Tax Day 2018!  According to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are several other synonyms or variants (see below) that could be used to represent the word tax (if you are so inclined for a little variety).  Enjoy!

tax

\ taks \

noun
1.  a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for
specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales,etc.
2.  a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.

verb (used with object)
3.  to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
4.to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods,
sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
5.  to lay a burden on; make serious demands on.
6.  to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse.
7.  Informal. to charge.
8.  Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.

verb (used without object)
9.  to levy taxes.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com.

Let’s Eat!

March 28, 2018

Eating is a fundamental activity in life.  What we eat and how we eat can certainly affect our quality of life.  And, according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are several other synonyms or variants (see below) that could be used to represent the ways we eat (if you are so inclined for a little variety).  Enjoy!

eat

\ eet \, verb;

1.  to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food).
2.  to consume by or as if by devouring gradually; wear away; corrode.
3.  to make (a hole, passage, etc.), as by gnawing or corrosion.
Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com.

Drivel!

March 7, 2018

Personally, I live the word “drivel.”  However, according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are several other synonyms or variants (see below) that could be used to represent the word drivel (if you are so inclined for a little variety).  Enjoy!

drivel

\ drivuh l \

noun
1.  saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2.  childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.

verb
 (used without object)
3.  to let saliva flow from the mouth or mucus from the nose; slaver.
4.  to talk childishly or idiotically.
5.  Archaic. to issue like spittle.

verb
 (used with object)
6.  to utter childishly or idiotically.
7.  to waste foolishly.
Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com.

Loving!

February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day!  As we ponder the day, the day in which we show our “love” to those close to us, the word “loving” is pretty straightforward.  However, according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are a couple of other synonyms or variants (see below) that could be used to represent the word loving.  Enjoy!

loving

\ luhv-ing \, adjective;

1.  feeling or showing love; warmly affectionate; fond.
Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com.

Let Me Serenade You!

January 4, 2018

I have not had occasion to serenade anyone lately, but I am certainly open to using some of the synonyms below (when appropriate).  Even as these words are considered synonyms, there are always slight variations in their actual meanings, depending upon how they are used.  So, by all means, add some of these other words to your vocabulary, but don’t necessarily discard serenade completely.

serenade

\ ser-uhneyd \, noun;

1.  complimentary performance of vocal or instrumental music in the open air at night,
     as by a lover under the window of his lady.
2.  a piece of music suitable for such performance.
3.  serenata (def 2).

verb
 (used with or without object)
serenaded, serenading.
4.  to entertain with or perform a serenade.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage): amazingly enough, all of the words below use “shivaree” in their definitions.

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

How About Some Redundancy?!

December 12, 2017

Personally speaking, I tend to dislike redundancy, but it seems to abound in the world today.  And, as words go, fairly common.  However, according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are a few other synonyms (see below) that could be used when discussing the topic.  Enjoy!

redundant

\ ri-duhn-duh n-see \, noun

1.  the state of being redundant.
2.  superfluous repetition or overlapping, especially of words.
3.  a redundant thing, part, or amount; superfluity.
4.  the provision of additional or duplicate systems, equipment, etc.,
that function in case an operating part or system fails, as in a spacecraft.
5.  Linguistics. the inclusion of more information than is necessary for communication, as in those cars, where both words are marked for plurality; the additional, predictable information so included; the degree of predictability thereby created.
6.  Chiefly British.  the condition or fact of being unemployed; unemployment; a layoff.
Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Or, using the adjective redundancy, here are some other optional words:

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com