Posts Tagged ‘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.

Threatening!

February 28, 2017

“Some held knives, scalpels, syringes, objects he could not recognize tho their minatory nature was all too apparent.” (Usage example courtesy of fatLingo.com)

minatory

minuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee \, adjective;

  1.  menacing; threatening.

    Some additional synonyms might include the following: abusive, blustering, bulldozing, comminatory, fear-inspiring, hectoring, intimidating, menacing, ominous, terrorizing, and threatful.

Source: http://www.dictionary.com

Sought After!

December 19, 2016

I was never shy to talk about my career path (from police officer to librarian) and how I was able to build a library from scratch.  This was more than enough to make me recherché among my librarian peers.

recherché

\ ruh-shair-shey, ruhshair-shey; French ruh-shershey \, adjective;

1.  sought out with care.
2.  very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane; obscure.
3.  of studied refinement or elegance; precious; affected; pretentious.
Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literateby 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.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Seven!

October 10, 2016

Happy Monday!  Here’s a new word for my vocabulary . . . “There was no doubt he was interested only in zaftig females, whose overflowing ripeness would prove a fitting complement for his own carefully tended masculinity.”

zaftig

\ zahf-tik, -tig \, adjective;

From the Yiddish zaftik, meaning “juicy, succulent;” from German saftig, meaning “juicy.” Of a woman: sexy; plump; well-proportioned; curvaceous.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives 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.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Five!

August 29, 2016

Happy Monday!  “During the season of winter colds, our concerts were punctuated with annoying emunctory activity.”

emunctory

\ ih-muhngk-tuh-ree \, noun;

1.  a part or organ of the body, as the skin or a kidney, that functions in carrying off waste products.
adjective
2.  excretory (of the blowing of the nose).
Source: www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Uprooted!

August 15, 2016

Happy Monday!  A perfect example of deracination: the Trail of Tears.  As part of Andrew Jackson’s Indian removal policy (1838-1839), the forced migration  from east of the Mississippi River to present-day Oklahoma had a truly devastating effect on the Cherokee nation.

deracinate

\ dih-rasuh-neyt \, verb;

1.  to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate.
2.  to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com.

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