General

5 Unusual Words for Angry

I’ve been enjoying finding new words! Continuing that with words for angry was actually a bit of a challenge. It took some digging to find all five. Bilious. You may have also heard this to refer to someone who is nauseous or ill. It’s indeed related to bile which is why it comes as no… Continue reading 5 Unusual Words for Angry

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5 Unusual Words for Ancient

There are so many reasons to expand your vocabulary—especially as a writer! Between finding just the right word to for that perfect sentence and avoiding overuse, learning new words offers you an entire new arsenal of tools to choose from. How about starting with five words related to ancient.   Ancient itself means belonging to… Continue reading 5 Unusual Words for Ancient

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Five Unusual Words

Words do a lot of work. Between their actual meaning, their syllables and their connotations, they can invoke emotions and images. Consider sibilant and hissing. They both indicate the same ‘s’ sound associated with snakes and harsh whispers. Some dictionaries even use one to help define the other! Yet, they evoke and conjure entirely different… Continue reading Five Unusual Words

Exercises

Exercise: Word Association

Word association games are great because they let you ignore the usual rules of grammar and sentence structure. The base idea of a word association game is to say the first word that comes to mind. So, for example if someone says blue and your first thought is berry, then you'd say berry. The next… Continue reading Exercise: Word Association

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Word Confusion

There are some words that are all too easy to get confused. While there are entire lists debating how to keep them straight and offering helpful tips and tricks for pairs like lose and loose, there's always a few more than slip through. And, dependent on which words you know best, you might be surprised… Continue reading Word Confusion