The #Write #Words? Post 23

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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:Susurration, Scarce, Sect, Stupidity.

Onomatopoeia: Susurration:

Susurration; just say it. It speaks to the ear. It means a whispering, a rustling sound, but has come to stand for other situations. ‘He relished the susurration of the breeze through the forest’s fine multitude of twigs as he stood enfolded by nature.’ ‘As she lay in long grass, surrounded only by the susurration of wind wafting soft blades, her sapphire eyes echoing the open sky, she silently smiled the secret of her contentment.’

Simile: Scarce as hen’s teeth

Hens, of course, have no teeth, making such objects truly rare or scarce. A simile that really works. But there are other qualities, items, events that are also rare and that we may employ in place of this cliché. ‘As scarce as a racist’s tolerance, scarce as a politician’s honesty, scarce as a nun’s fart, scarce as floral dung. I’m sure you can come up with lots of others.

Collective Nouns: Sect of worshippers

Religious groups tend to be tribal; so many sects exist. There are estimated to be some 4,200 different groups that can be labelled as religions, and many of these are split into, often warring, sub-groups that are usually referred to as sects. So, this is an especially apposite collective noun for worshippers of all types. Of course, some political parties behave in the same way as religious groups, so perhaps we could refer to a ‘sect of party members’? Can you think of other groups that might be listed under this collective noun?

Delusional Dictionary:  Stupidity: an essential quality for climate deniers; the translation of ‘genius’ as self-applied to Donald Trump; a necessary state for those who believe in a flat Earth; the factor common in all who choose unsubstantiated rumour, myth and legend over factual reality, evidence based facts, and simple common sense.

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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