Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases


I recently downloaded the above mentioned e-book by Grenville Kleiser from manybooks.net (from the Gutenberg Project, one of my favorite websites for it makes so many e-books available for free as a virtual library for the everyman) and found it quite a good solid reference for my writing. I wanted to share some of the colorful useful phrases I found with all of you.


*For touches of evil one might try:

foul and ominous

pusillanimous and petty (cowardly)

paroxysmal of rage (for an outburst)


*For delightful moments:

piquant allusions   


*For really quaint moments:

prolegomenous babbler (for a preliminary discussion)

sentimental twaddle


And just to sound well read:

preternatural sagacity

obtuse and imbecile


And the really strange:

pinchbeck dignity (cheap imitation)

seraphic promiscuousness


You get the point. It’s actually been a delightful reference and I enjoy keeping it open on my desktop just to inform my writing from time to time. We all get into patterns of using similar phrases and so it can be a good thing, I think to try to say something differently.


Wishing you all a great day!



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Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I'm a big fan of word usage variations. Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated political columnist, uses many unusual words, but backs them up with information that informs the reader.

English is a rich language, just ask a person trying to learn it.

Big Mike said...

Great info. Got a link for the download?

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January Bain said...

Charles sounds like my kind of man, Julie. I'll send you the download big Mike! thanks for commenting.