The #Write #Words? Post 14

Sorry this is a day late: domestic concerns took precedence yesterday!

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: Jangle, Joyful, Jack of all trades.

Onomatopoeia: Jangle:

‘Jangle’ is one of those words crying out for a partner, in this case ‘jingle’. Together they make a small phrase that’s probably universally recognised in the English-speaking world. And, that coupling of words is undoubtedly onomatopoeic. So, does your knowledge of the coupling emerge through The Archies’ song ‘Jingle Jangle’, the ‘Fun Drug’, or the much-recorded song, ‘I’ve Got Spurs that Jingle Jangle’, or some other source? Generally, the term refers to the noise made by metal objects as they clash together. Can you think of another use?

Simile: Joyful:

Joyful as…what, exactly? What comes to mind when you think of something joyful? I suspect that depends on your outlook on life. For me, the laughter of young children is always joyful, as is the spring chirruping of songbirds, and the dappling sunlight through the leaves of a spring forest. The beauty of similes stems from their ability to express the sensations felt by the user. But sometimes such emotional responses are at odds with the reader. Below are some known similes involving ‘joyful’. I find these far from apposite, but the originators must’ve had reason to employ them. Clearly, simile use is subjective, so it’s probably a good idea to ensure your meaning is clear.

Some known similes:

Joyful as flowers filled to the brim with dew. Joyful as a nest. Joyful as a fly. Joyful as the back of a gravestone. Joyful as the light. Joyful as the sea. 

Collective Nouns: A Jam of tarts is the only example I can find for this collective noun. But I can think of others; a jam of cars, logs, spectators, queuers. Any other suggestions?

Delusional Dictionary: Jack of all trades: a person generally useless at most skills attempted; someone promoted beyond their level of efficiency; an individual deluded about their real abilities.

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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