The #Write #Words? Post 13

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

This week’s words: Itch, Innocent, Implausibility, Imam.

Onomatopoeia: Itch

Whether ‘itch’ is onomatopoeic is probably a matter of opinion. I’m including it here as it has the power, through association, to make a physical impact on readers. There’s something about merely mentioning an itch that induces discomfort in many who hear it. So, if you’re itching to make someone scratch, perhaps use an ‘itch’ to accomplish it!

Simile:  Innocent

In the common expression ‘innocent as a lamb’ the innocence refers to a lack of knowledge, naivety, ignorance of the real world. Is there a substitute simile that will say the same to most people? We could use ‘child’, though some parents might disagree when their offspring demonstrate how streetwise they are. For some, ‘innocent as a saint’ might do, but I have serious reservations about applying innocence to any religious figures, since most dogma relies on dubious sources, and some of those canonized have distinctly dodgy backgrounds. Virginity might appeal to some users as an indication of innocence, except that the refusal to mate might simply be the result of fear, dislike of physical contact, or an irrational belief in ‘purity’. So, there’s the challenge: suggest an alternative in the comments, with an example, if you can.

Similes to avoid because they’re clichés?

As innocent as a lamb, like a lamb to the slaughter,        

Collective Nouns: Implausibility of gnus

This collective noun seems both apposite and amusing. There’s something decidedly odd about the appearance of the gnu. If seeking oddness to group objects or people, perhaps we could have an implausibility of alchemists, an implausibility of political advisors, an implausibility of clerics. I’m sure you can think of others. Let’s have your ideas in the comments, please.

Delusional Dictionary: Imam: an alternative title for a person acting as priest/rabbi/preacher, usually against the rules of said religion; a man imposing unlikely teachings on those gullible enough to accept them; sometimes, a man willing to encourage indiscriminate violence against all who fail to adhere to his strict but seriously erroneous views of right and wrong; a well-meaning individual attempting to find order in a chaotic world.

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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