The #Write #Word? Post 18

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Sometimes struggle to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? I do. Maybe, in trying to improve my own work, I can help other writers. This scheduled post will appear whilst I’m in hospital undergoing minor surgery. It’ll be a few days before I’m back at my desk, and a few weeks before I’m back to ‘normal’, whatever that may mean. So, please forgive my absence, and the slightly different approach this week.

Today’s words: Kakistocracy, Knowledgeable experts, Knowledgeably, Kenopsia

Synonyms are alternative words that might say exactly what you’re trying to convey.

Kakistocracy: government of a state by the worst people. (Perhaps the most common form of government we all suffer!)

There are no synonyms for this word, but there are around 40 different recognised types of government. For a full list please try this link. But, as this week is ‘K’ themed. Here are two other government forms starting with that letter:

Kratocracy: government by those strong enough to seize power through force or cunning.

Krytocracy: government by judges.

You might like to discover which type (or types) of government you live under. Try the link above.

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.

Knowledgeable experts: to be considered an expert on any given subject, you have to be knowledgeable about it, so ‘knowledgeable’ is a worthless appendage here. ‘Expert’ can stand on its own. Of course, you may have a different opinion of experts. There’s a pithy saying that an expert is a has-been (ex) who’s a drip (spurt), but I couldn’t possibly comment!

Adverbs: words we all use incredibly often, lazily taking the easy route instead of diligently looking for stronger verbs.

Knowledgeably: based on knowledge, information, intelligence.

Usage for Knowledgeably:

‘The class hung on every one of the lecturer’s words as he knowledgeably described how life came to occur on the planet.’

We could use this sentence and simply exclude ‘knowledgeably’, but this may not give the emphasis we’re trying to convey. So, perhaps, ‘The class hung on everything the well-informed lecturer said as he described, with examples and full facts, how life came to occur on the planet.’

But, to be honest, it might be best to exclude ‘knowledgeably’ from your vocabulary for most of your writing.

Untranslatable emotions: The world’s languages contain numerous words for emotions (and other things) for which English has no equivalent. Most people know ‘schadenfreude’, from German, and ‘frisson’, from French, but there are more, and I’ll introduce some here from time to time.

Kenopsia: (a word invented by John Koenig) That odd, often eerie and forlorn atmosphere that can pervade a usually busy and bustling place when it is abandoned and quiet.

And, my own, sometimes humorous, sometimes metaphorical, definition of some common words for your entertainment, which I’ll list under The Delusional Dictionary.

Karaoke: a form of public singing where the least qualified and most tuneless performer receives the most praise and encouragement, usually performed by drunken singers to an equally inebriated audience. A form of torture applied to those with a musical ear.

Language learners might find this link useful for pronunciation, and you’ll reach a great group page on Facebook if you click this link.

I contribute a monthly column to an online magazine, Pandora’s Box Gazette where I also deal with the use of words. To see the most recent, please click this link.

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7 thoughts on “The #Write #Word? Post 18

  1. Hey Stuart, Namaste 🙂

    Best wishes with the op and post-op recovery.

    Another set of fine words, thank you.

    I wonder if the following word was included in the list of ’40 types of government?’

    Cacodaemonocracy – government of a state by a malevolent spirit or person.

    Keep smiling as best able: you’ll be up and about in no time.

    Namaste 🙂


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    1. Your suggested word isn’t in the list, Dewin, but perhaps it should be!
      Back from hospital yesterday afternoon. The op went well and I’m now folowing instructions to ensure my recovery os as trouble-free and rapid as possible. Thank you.

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      1. Most welcome. I’m very pleased to hear you’re being a good boy and following advice 😉 I trust the convalescing is rapid and pain free.

        As to the word proffered, one hopes it will become common parlance amongst the electorate ahead of the forthcoming election.

        Stay well and strong.

        Namaste 🙂


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        1. Since it appears the vast majority have no real idea what democracy is, Dewin, I doubt they’d understand the conotations of Cacodaemonocracy, even though we’re living in it!

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