What are synomyms good for?Motto of the day*
How important is knowledge about language and synonyms?
Synonyms are words with the same or similar meaning.
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.
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.
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 in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.
How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?
Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:
- What triggers the topic in you?
- Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
- What is the significance of the statement for you?
- How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
- In what context could the statement be useful?
- Where and when do you want to remember it and how?
And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:
- What do you specifically disagree with?
- Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
- Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?