Do you sometimes struggle to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? I know I do. Maybe, in helping myself, I can help other writers.
Today’s words: Chronic/Acute, Completely Annihilate, Synaesthesia
Words often misused: Chronic is often confused with ‘acute’, but, medically, they’re opposites. Chronic means long-lasting and includes such conditions as Type 1 diabetes, ME/CFS, MS and many others that linger. Acute illnesses, on the other hand, reach a crisis, and include such conditions as influenza, measles and whooping cough.
Redundancies: words serving no purpose. In speech, they’re spacers, giving the speaker time to think. But in writing they slow the reader’s progress.
Completely annihilate: To annihilate something is to utterly destroy it, therefore ‘completely’ is unnecessary here. You can safely annihilate ‘completely’ from this phrase and leave it meaning the same.
Figure of Speech:
Synaesthesia: A figure in which a metaphor, simile or other word uses terms associated with one sense to describe another. It allows physical senses to perceive the abstract.
‘Susan picked up the apple, its green smell attracting her love of crispness.’
‘Cool waves splashed Jenny’s feet touching them with freedom.’
‘Tones of white tinkled like small silver bells.’
I started the series on figures of speech in the earlier posts, which you can search for under ‘Looking for the Best Word?’ if this interests you. In these newer posts, I’ll continue to the end of the alphabetical list I started with.
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