The #Write #Words? Post 10

Looking at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions of those, click here to read the introductory post to the series.

This week’s words: Eek, Easy as, Exaltation, Energy.

Onomatopoeia: Eek

I’ve always found ‘eek’ a little, shall we say, timid? But, that, of course, may be its beauty. Not everything we write or say must be bold, brash or bombastic (although it appears Donald Trump is unaware of this).

‘Eek! What was that noise from the empty room next-door?’

‘Eek! I heard a squeak, and took a peek, and there, a sleek, Greek geek performed a streak across the creek.’ (with apologies to all poets, and anyone else with a modicum of sensitivity toward language!)

Simile: as easy as

‘Donald found it as easy as tossing away litter to ditch his supporters and friends.’ ‘The boys all said Sara was as easy as turning a page.’ Why not have a go at devising your own?         

Similes to avoid because they’re clichés?

as easy as A.B.C.,  as easy as apple-pie, as easy as falling off a log, like a hot knife through butter

Collective Nouns: Exaltation:

What is exaltation? It is exhilaration, rapture, elation. So, what else personifies such emotion? Perhaps we could have an exaltation of lovers? An exaltation of musicians? An exaltation of … I leave you to complete that sentence.
But the well-known exaltation of larks seems the most apposite of collective nouns: who can fail to be elevated by that joyous sound as the lark rises from the field and sings its heart out in unblemished blue above?

An exaltation of larks

Delusional Dictionary: Energy: a quality possessed by everyone but you; something the fossil fuel industry sells as a harmless product; the excess that propels toddlers around the room; the thing that most swiftly declines with the onset of age.

And, have you encountered the synanagram yet? It’s any word whose letters can be rearranged to form a different word with the same, or a similar, meaning, even if that may be a bit flippant when it comes to English examples. Here are a couple: Creative = Reactive, and Listen = Silent.

For those learning English as a language, there’s a useful guide to pronunciation here, and Facebook hosts a great group you can join here.

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