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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alternatives & Thankful Thursday

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.

Today's word is:

Okay, isn't definitely one of "those" words you use a lot, not only in your writing but in your everyday speech? Come on, admit it. Your secret is safe with me. For me it's an "ly" word that definitely without a doubt, creeps into a sentence unbidden, or slips out of my mouth like some kind of sly snake. 

If you are brave enough to admit you have this problem here are a few alternatives you can use. 

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

absolutely, all right, alright, assuredly, authentically

beyond any/all doubt, by all means/odds

categorically, certainly, clearly, come hell or high water, completely, conclusively, consummately

decidedly, don’t mind if I do, doubtlessly

easily, explicitly, expressly

factually, far and away, finally, firmly, forsooth

hands down

inarguably, incontestably, incontrovertibly, indisputably, indubitably, in spades

naturally, needless to say, no ifs ands or buts about it

obviously, of course

perfectly, plainly, positively

realistically, really

so, specifically, supremely, sure/surely

that’s right, truly

uh huh, unarguably, unconditionally, undeniably, undoubtedly, unequivocally, unmistakably, unqualifiedly, unquestionably, unrestrictedly, utterly

without doubt, without fail, without question

yes!, you bet, you’re on

ImageChef.comEvery Thursday, from now until I don't know when, I'm going to express my thankfulness, for at least ONE something.

If you care to join me, there's a linky thingy at the bottom.

I've chosen a picture of the Deep Field to remind me, and perhaps others, of how precious this tiny ball of dirt is, the one we call Earth. It is unique and rare and the chances of us finding something like it is rarer still. Even if we do find something like it, we are totally incapable to reaching it.

This is it. Let us be kind to Earth and each other. Let us be THANKFUL for what we have.

Today I'm thankful for water.

I think I understand solids and even gasses. But water, and liquids in general, elude me. Water is a miracle substance that, like every thing else on planet Earth, probably came to us from the stars.

Throw away your sodas, and throw away those plastic water bottles. Next time you, drink a glass of water or make tea or coffee or take a shower say a little prayer of thanks that you are blessed to have hot and cold running water in your home.

Today I am thankful for water.


What are you thankful for? Care to join me on Thankful Thursday? Got a favorite alternative for definitely? I definitely do...  I like indubitably. It sounds so silly and ridiculous. So Laurel and Hardyish.


  1. Considering how many places don't have clean water, I'm grateful I do.
    I admit I used definitely a lot. Although many of those replacement words are also 'ly,' so I shouldn't use them either.

  2. I can't believe how many alternatives you came up with, Bish. I already focus on gratitude quite a bit. Right now, I'm grateful my heart feels almost normal.

  3. I'm definitely guilty of overusing the word, definitely and great is a close second. I need to expand my vocabulary.

  4. I absolutely agree with you water is something to be thankful for, and I’m also inarguably thankful for all the alternative words I will definitely try to use definitely less often. Thank you.

  5. Hi Bish - 'definitely' is a very overused word ... and horrible to hear in interviews all the time ...

    Water is something we should always remember we need to exist .. we couldn't survive very long without it .. and if we ruin the environment by souring the water we already can see the effects in parts of the world ..

    Both great subjects for us to think upon ... increasing our vocabulary and making sure we remember 70% of the earth is covered with water, and 68% makes up our bodies .. if we don't have sufficient our brains start to atrophy ... and can be refreshed with water ...

    Wonderful post for your Thankful Thursday .. Hilary


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