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

Excrement!

March 14, 2017

I’m going to assume that we all know or are familiar with some of the slang words for excrement (shit, crap, turd, dung, etc.).  However, were you aware of these other useful synonyms that you might just find occasion to use?

excrement

\ ek-skruh-muh nt \, noun;

1. waste matter discharged from the body, especially feces.

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):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

You Say “Vestibule . . . !”

December 12, 2016

But there are so many other words that could be used instead.

vestibule

ves-tuh-byool \, noun;

According to http://www.dictionary.com, a vestibule is defined as:

1. a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.
2. Railroads. an enclosed space at the end of a passenger car, serving as a sheltered entrance to the car from another car or from outside the train.
3. Anatomy, Zoology. any of various cavities or hollows regarded as forming an approach or entrance to another cavity or space, as that of the internal ear.
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):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

A Jar By Any Other Name!

November 21, 2016

Next time you are thinking about using the word “jar,” here are a host of other words you could use instead.  Of course, each and every one of these will probably have a specific use, so you may just want to stick with “jar.”  Enjoy!

alabastron
albarello
amphora
aryballos
askos
cymaise
dolium
hydria
kalpis
lekythos
loutrophoros
pelike
pithos
potiche
psykter
stamnos

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

Just a Little Zest!

October 3, 2016

Happy Monday!  I run across the word “zest” most frequently when I’m cooking.  But I have also encountered it with regard to the concept of liveliness as well as in an old television commercial for the soap product (zest-fully clean).   Some of the standard definitions for “zest” include:

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

So, as I was perusing my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate I ran across all of these other ways to say “zest.”  Enjoy!

For additional synonyms or related words for “zest,” check out this list.

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

It Truly Was Accidental!

September 12, 2016

Happy Monday!  Accidents do happen, but are they always accidental?  By definition, I would certainly think so.  A couple of the standard definitions for “accidental” include:

  1. happening by chance, unintentionally, or unexpectedly
  2. incidental; subsidiary

So, as I was perusing my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate I ran across all of these other ways to say “accidental.”  Enjoy!

Other, more common, synonyms could include: chance, fluky, coincidental, casual, random,unexpected, unforeseen, unanticipated, unlooked-for, unintentional,unintended, inadvertent, unplanned, unpremeditated, unthinking, unwitting, incidental, unimportant, by the way, by the by, supplementary, subsidiary, subordinate, secondary, accessory, peripheral, tangential, extraneous, extrinsic, irrelevant, nonessential, inessential.

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

A Basin By Any Other Name!

August 1, 2016

Happy Monday!  Next time you run across a rather simple or basic word such as “basin,” consider using one of these extraordinary synonyms instead . . .

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

Utterly Hopeless!

June 20, 2016

According to http://www.dictionary.com, abject has been defined as

1. utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched
2. contemptible; despicable; base-spirited
3. shamelessly servile; slavish.
4. Obsolete. cast aside.
But if you are looking for a different word to use, check out these synonyms (courtesy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich):
craven, fawning, ignominious
Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich (page 1).

Complaining!

May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!  I ran across a cartoon the other day showing a man and women sitting across from each other over a cup of coffee and the caption read: “I know I should stop whining and complaining . . . but it’s taken me years to get this good at it.” (Randy Glasbergen)

This in turn prompted me to consult my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich to see what other words could be used for complain or complaining.

The result:
Complaining (adj.): captious, carping, caviling, petulant, querulous, testy.
Complaint (n.): gravamen, jeremiad, plaint.

And, while I’m at it, here is a wonderful quotation about complaints.
“Excuses and complaints are signs of a dreamless life” (Bangambiki Habyarimana)

An Unusual Growth!

May 9, 2016

I’ve had a mole on my shoulder for as long as I can remember (probably since birth) — it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t change color or size, it’s just there.  However, a few years ago, I developed a small excrescence on my face to the left of my mouth.  My doctor even froze it off a couple of years ago.  It stayed gone about six month and redeveloped.  Alas, I’m destined to keep it.

excrescence

\ ik-skresuh ns \, noun;

1.  an abnormal outgrowth, usually harmless, on an animal or vegetable body.
2.  a normal outgrowth, as hair or horns.
3.  any disfiguring addition.
4.  abnormal growth or increase.
Here are some wonderful synonyms for this word:
1. caruncle
2. gall
3. knur
4. wattle
Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich