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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Alternatives - Thankful Thursday

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

Today's word is: Eager/Eagerly - Get codes for Facebook, Hi5, MySpace and moreDepending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

accordant, acquiescent, acquisitive, affirmative, agape, agog, agreeable/agreeing,alacritous, ambitious, amenable, animated, anticipating/anticipatory, antsy, antsy-pants, anxious, appetent, approving, ardent, assenting, athirst, avid, awaiting

born-again, breathless, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, bursting to

certain, chafing, champing/chomping at the bit, compliable, compliant, confident, consentient, consenting, content, cooperative, covetous, craving, crazy

delighted, desiderative, desireful/desiring/desirous, disposed, docile, dying to

earnest, edgy, endorsing, energetic/energized, engaged, enthused/enthusiastic, excited, expectant/expecting

fain, favorable, favorably disposed/inclined, fervent, fervid, forearmed, forestalling, forewarned, forward, fretful, fretting, full of life

game, gaping, geeked, glad, great, greedy, gung ho

hankering, happy, hasty, heated, hepped up, honing, hooked, hopped-up, hoping/hopeful, hormic, hot, hot to trot, hungry, hung up

impatient, impetuous, in a lather/stew/sweat, in anticipation, in the mind, in the mood, inclined, inspirited, intent, interested, itchy


keen, keen as mustard

lascivious, libidinal/libidinous, lickerish, lively, longing, looking for, looking forward to, lustful

mad about/for, minded, motivated

needing, not surprised, nothing loath, nuts for

obliging, obsessed, on edge, only too please to…, optative, optimistic

panting, passionate, permissive, pining, pleased, pliant, predisposed, prompt, prone, pumped


raring/raring to go, ratifying, ready, ready and willing, receptive, responsive, restive, restless

sanctioning, sanguine, self-starting, solicitous, spirited, squirming/squirmy, stimulated, stoked, submissive, sure

tempted, thirsty, tractable

uneasy, ungrudging, unloath, unpatient, unquiet, unrefusing, unreluctant, unsurprised

vehement, vital/vitalized, vivacious, vivid, voracious

waiting/waiting for, warm/hot blooded, wanting, watching for, well-disposed, well-inclinded, wild, willed/willing, willinghearted, wishful/wishing, wholehearted

yearning, yielding

zealous, zestful

I'm just a bit nervous today as I'm to be interviewed for a local weekly paper. I've doing plenty of interviewing in my day, but have never been an interviewee. I'll let you know how it goes.

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

I've chosen a picture of the Deep Field to remind me, and perhaps others, of how precious this is tiny ball of dirt we call Earth. It is unique and rare. Let us be kind to Earth and each other. Let us be THANKFUL for what we have.

Today I'm thankful for FOOD.

Even though there are many things I can't and/or shouldn't eat any more, like nuts, beans, whole corn, peas, wheat bread, raw fruits and vegetables, I'm thankful to still have an abundance of food available to me.

Unlike others. This picture was taken in 2011.
Haitian Dirt Biscuits

In the markets in Haiti, women sell dirt biscuits. Made with dirt, water and a bit of
 oil, salt, or butter (if they have it), Haitian dirt biscuits are a common way for
 mother's to stop the groaning in their children's bellies.

No one should ever have to choose this option

It's seems a crime when we (I'm talking the U. S. here) as a nation throw so much food away, that people all over the world are going hungry, are starving.

Today I'm thankful for food.


What are you thankful for?  Do you think you'd eat a dirt biscuit if you were hungry/starving? Is there anything, that's edible, that you just couldn't put into your mouth? Do you know what you would eat if it was your last meal? Got a favorite alternative for eager?

The month of January I am the Author of the Month on Carol Kilgore's web page. I'll be giving away books. Come check it out!


  1. Hi, Bish. Great word post.

    I've nominated you for an award. If you stop by my blog, you can pick it up.

  2. Agog - such a funny word.
    In a world where so many go hungry, I am grateful for a full fridge.

  3. LOL - keen as mustard? Is mustard really that keen?

  4. I'm sure you'll have nothing to worry about! Having the experience of being the interviewer, you can give back as good as you get as interviewee :):) You'll be fab!! Most of all enjoy your moment. It is a fantastic achievement. Congrats!

  5. That's awesome that you were interviewed for your local paper. I've found that having been on the interviewer side of things makes it easier to be on the interviewee side. Not that I'm interviewed often, but when I worked in PR I had the occasional call from the press...and I was a journalist in college so I've been on both sides!

  6. Dirt biscuits? There are no words. Just today I read about the death of a high school classmate in Haiti. She was a missionary there. Very interesting that I should read that and now this.

    As for eager, I'm just really happy when people use it when they need it instead of wrongly substituting "anxious."

  7. I hope your interview went well. I am sure you were great! Can't wait to hear about it. :)

    We are so lucky to have an abundance of food. I don't think anyone should have to eat a dirt pie!

  8. I've heard of dirt biscuits before, but I'm seeing them for the first time here. :(

  9. I have always loved the word agog. I've used it in picture books and poetry.

    The dirt biscuits made me sad. If I were only rich, Bish. :(

    No one should have to eat dirt.

    Will pop over to see you at Carol's. I hope the interview went well.

  10. Great post and loved your word.

    All the best with the interview.


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