More Wonderful Words

Laconic

By Annette Rey

Recently I happened to look up the word laconic to see how the dictionary defined it. I have been familiar with this word all of my life as I was an avid reader as a child but was curious as to what the dictionary had to say about this word. Interestingly, that entry showed nuanced differences between it and other closely related words.

It is important to you as writers, and all of us as speakers of English, to use these words correctly to communicate effectively and, by proper usage, perpetuate these words to be good examples to our reading audiences.

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Sites for Writers #16

An Audio Dictionary

By Annette Rey

Have you been taught to use words that are well-known to you? Do you look up definitions before you add an even slightly new word to your writing? These are must practices for writers. You don’t want to present work that shows you are not literate because you have incorrectly interpreted the meaning of a word.

Just as important as your written word is how you speak. The voice in your brain that you draw upon for your writing is the vocal voice you use in everyday speaking. So pronunciation is integral to both your oral voice and your mental voice.

Here’s a great site for setting your speech on the right path.

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Add Substance to Your Writing

Just a Horse or a Clydesdale?

By Annette Rey

If you are like me, you find it difficult to deal with idle time. I can’t even tolerate commercials when I am half-watching a television program. My mind is always on the move and inquiring and trying to catch writing ideas in whatever I am seeing. So, I invented a vocabulary-increasing “game” that one can use anywhere – while sitting in a car waiting for someone, waiting anywhere, and during those boring television commercials.

Here it is.

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Words of the Week 4/21/18

Historical Meaning

By Annette Rey

All of our creative writing comes from our experiences and education; and we should continue learning to enrich our lives. When we write a scene, sometimes even we don’t know where we are going to carry it. We pull from our subconscious minds and a flow of words comes through.

Here are a couple of interesting ones.

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Write a Profile of a Person You Know

Be Honest

By Annette Rey

When I write a profile of a person I know, I go into extreme detail. Following is an example of what I do.

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Not Getting Very Far as a Writer?

To Pen Name or Not

By Annette Rey

It sounds simple and ridiculous to think changing your name may improve your writing opportunities, but here’s a writer’s story that may make you think differently.

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Word of the Week

By Annette Rey

Are you writing a modern day story which includes street lingo and you want to get it right? Then visit this site:

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Embarrassing Errors #11 and #12

Commercial Finds

By Annette Rey

Okay, so I have two more observations to report of English gone astray. In the first case, an organization needed an editor before it dared embarrass itself and spend its ad dollars this way. And it keeps airing countless times without correction. The second case is a common word misplacement.

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Word of the Week

By Annette Rey

Since I love words, and we writers need to know them, I am creating a new category for my site – Word of the Week. These words will be new, fun, unusual, and sometimes ancient – simply because all words can be useful as we continue down our writing (and reading) road.

Today’s word is:

ex·ig·u·ous

[eɡˈziɡyo͞oəs, ekˈsiɡyo͞oəs]

Exiguous is an adjective and means very small in size or amount.

His aristocratic family considered him a pauper due to his exiguous funds.

Synonyms are –

meager    inadequate   insufficient   small    scanty    paltry    negligible    modest    deficient       piddling       stingy   miserly   measly  niggardly    beggarly

Also:

Exiguousness, noun

Exiguously, adverb