What are synomyms good for?

Motto of the day*
Abundance
A synonym is a word you use
 when you can't spell the other one.

 Baltasar Gracián

Synonyms

 

How important is knowledge about language and synonyms?

Definition

 

Synonyms are words with the same or similar meaning.

 

 

 

Thoughts about the motto of the day

 

What comes to my mínd when thinking about this motto of the day? Hmm. I enjoy playing around with words. Language is interesting. The more flexible I am with words the better I can choose those words that express best what I want to say.

 

 

 

What are synonyms good for?

 

Synonyms are useful in three ways: They bring variety, conciseness, and originality to messages.

Often I am concerned with finding a more appropriate term for what I want to express. There are many reasons why a certain word is not quite appropriate. Perhaps it is too imprecise, too spongy.

Repetitions are not always bad; you risk using synonyms to take the edge off messages, bring in ambiguities or change the meaning.

Watch it! Don’t try desperately to be funny. You need a feeling for language.

 

 

 

Synonyms for synonym

 

  • equivalent
  • metonym

 

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me. 

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

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Published: December 9, 2019
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: December 10, 2019
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