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

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

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Close to “Ideal!”

October 10, 2017

The word ideal is a common enough a word that it probably does not require a definition.  However, according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are a few other synonyms or variants (see below) that could be used when discussing the topic of ideal.  Enjoy!

ideal

\ ahy-deeuh l, ahy-deel \,

noun
1. a conception of something in its perfection.
2. a standard of perfection or excellence.
3. a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or conforming to such a
standard, and taken as a model for imitation.
4. an ultimate object or aim of endeavor, especially one of high or noble character.
5. something that exists only in the imagination.
6. Mathematics. a subring of a ring, any element of which when multiplied by any
element of the ring results in an element of the subring.

adjective
7. conceived as constituting a standard of perfection or excellence.
8. regarded as perfect of its kind.
9. existing only in the imagination; not real or actual.
10. advantageous; excellent; best.
11. based upon an ideal or ideals.
12. Philosophy.  pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable, or pertaining to or of the nature ofidealism.
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

Brilliance!

September 19, 2017

“In addition to its brilliance, vermilion is a pigment of great intensity and durability.” (www.dictionary.com)

brilliance

\ bril-yuh ns \, noun;

1.  great brightness; luster
2.  excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
3.  splendor, elegance, or magnificence

4.  Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.
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.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Talk About Abuse!

August 29, 2017

The word abuse is certainly a simple “run-of-the-mill” word.  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 of abuse (depending on your usage, of course).  Enjoy!

abuse

\ verb uhbyooz; noun uhbyoos \,

verb (used with object), abused, abusing.
1.  to use wrongly or improperly; misuse
2.  to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way

3.  to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.
4.  to commit sexual assault upon.
5.  Obsolete. to deceive or mislead.
noun
6.  wrong or improper use; misuse
7.  harshly or coarsely insulting language
8.  bad or improper treatment; maltreatment

9.  a corrupt or improper practice or custom
10.  rape or sexual assault.
11.  Obsolete. deception.
Idioms
12.  abuse oneself, to masturbate.

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

Yarn!

August 8, 2017

For those of us who knit, crochet, or weave, yarn is a common material for these activities.  But you can certainly use some other descriptive and less common words if you’d like some variety (see below).

yarn

\ yahrn \, noun;

1.  thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.
2.  a continuous strand or thread made from glass, metal, plastic, etc.
3.  the thread, in the form of a loosely twisted aggregate of fibers, as of hemp, of which rope is made (rope yarn)
4.  a tale, especially a long story of adventure or incredible happenings

verb
(used without object)
5.  Informal. to spin a yarn; tell stories.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some options (some better than others) to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

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

Let’s Get a Translation!

July 18, 2017

During my previous career in law enforcement, I was able to speak a little Spanish and communicate on the simple stuff.   But very now and then, an actual interpreter with more advanced language skills was required.  And while everyone knows and understands what an interpreter is, there is quite the variety of other words that you could use instead (see below).

interpreter

\ in-tur-pri-ter \, noun;

1.  a person who interprets.
2.  a person who provides an oral translation between speakers who speak different languages.
3.  Computers.
a.  hardware or software that transforms one statement at a time of program written in a high-level language into a sequence of machine actions and executes the statement immediately before going on to transform the next statement.
Compare compiler (def 2).
b.  an electromechanical device that reads the patterns of holes in punched cards and prints the same data on the cards, so that they can be read more conveniently by people.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some options (some better than others) to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

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

A Dedication!

June 27, 2017

I think it is fair to say that we’ve all seen an occasional “inscription” inside a book, or possibly on a gravestone.  And while “inscription” seems to be a fairly common word, you can certainly use some other descriptive and less common words to get the point across as well, if you so choose (see below).

inscription

\ in-skrip-shuh n \, noun;

1.  something inscribed.
2.  a historical, religious, or other record cut, impressed, painted, or written on stone, brick, metal, or other hard surface.
3.  a brief, usually informal dedication, as of a book or a work of art.
4.  a note, as a dedication, that is written and signed by hand in a book.
5.  the act of inscribing.
6.  Pharmacology. the part of a prescription indicating the drugs and the amounts to be mixed.

British.1.  an issue of securities or stocks.
2.  a block of shares in a stock, as bought or sold by one person.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some options (some better than others) to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

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

Just a Bit Wordy!

June 6, 2017

Some people just have the gift of gab.  They can talk incessantly and usually use way too many words to get their point across.  And while “wordy” is a very descriptive and easily understood word, you can certainly use other words to get the point across (see below).

wordy

\ wur-dee \, adjective;

1. characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose
2. pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some options (some better than others) to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

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

Permeate!

April 25, 2017

While I like this word and use it on occasion, 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 of meaning depending upon how they are used.  So, by all means, add some of these other words to your vocabulary, but don’t necessarily discard permeate completely.

permeate

\ pur-mee-eyt \, noun;

1.  to pass into or through every part of
2.  to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of

3.  to be diffused through; pervade; saturate


verb
(used without object)
, permeated, permeating.
4.  to become diffused; penetrate

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.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

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.