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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Alternatives and 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:

Like "effective" last week, this is another word I wouldn't have thought to include in my list of over used words. But here it is. Perhaps there are writers who write something like this:

"You could have stopped them." The emphasis on "could" did not escape her astute mind.
"How was I to know they'd chop off his head?" Tears streamed down her face for emphasis.
He sighed, emphasizing his exaggeration. "Surely with that uzi in your hands you could have done SOMEthing." 
She sniffed, rubbing her eyes. "I forgot where the safety was..."

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

accent/accentuation, affirm, articulate, assert, attention

bear down, beat

charge, consequence, consideration

decidedness, dramatize, dwell on

enlarge, enunciate, express, evince


headline, heed, highlight, hit

ictus, import/importance, impress/impressiveness, indicate, insistence, insist on, intensity, italicize

labor the point, limelight

maintain, make a point, make clear, make emphatic, make much of, mark, moment


pinpoint, play up, point out, point up, positiveness, power, precedence, press, primacy, priority, preeminence, prominence, pronounce, punctuate, put the accent on,

regard, reiterate, repeat, rub in

show, significance, spotlight, strength, stress

top billing

underline/underlining, underscore/underscoring, urgency


weight, worth


If, like me, you don't know what ictus means, it has to do with the stressed beat in poetry. In medicine it refers to a stroke or seizure.

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 us all of how precious and rare this tiny ball of dirt, that we call Earth, is. 

This is it. It's all we've got Let us be kind to Earth and each other. Let us be THANKFUL for what we have.

Today I'm thankful for flowers in our yard.

It's spring and this spring is special because we've actually had a significant amount of rain. Over 5 inches and more is predicted, though weather people have been known to be mistaken.

This has been the longest, coolest, wettest spring we've had in many years, 4 or 5 at least. It is a relief.

The drought isn't broken yet, but it's a start.

In our yard...
 Black eyed Susan

 Horse mint


 Leather flower.

 Rose corn flower

 Road-side wild flower, can't remember the name.

Today I'm thankful for flowers.

What are you thankful for? Got a favorite alternative word to emphasize something that needs emphasizing?


  1. Hi Bish - emphasising words - I'm sure we all could do with some pruning here. Ictus - I didn't know about the usage .. and yes this wonderful planet of ours that gives us rain, and beautiful flowers and food to eat ..

    We live at a wonderful time for us - we need to preserve for the future ... cheers Hilary

  2. Hooray for rain...and flowers. Spring flowers bring such lightness of heart.

  3. I had no idea what "ictus" meant. I didn't even know it was a word! lol At least I was familiar with "emphasis" Your black-eyed susans look lovely. Flowers in a yard make such a difference. Have a great weekend, Bish!

  4. I don't mind rain, since I love the flora growing outside. I'm a big flower lover.

  5. Hey Bish!

    Yep, I is finally here. Yay n'stuff! :)

    I would like to accentuate that your post has certainly grabbed my attention. My last two brain cells thank you for that.

    Hope the drought will finally come to a conclusion. This will be good for you and all the pretty flowers.

    Gary :)

  6. As you know, I think flowers are amazing and powerful. A symbol of beauty and rebirth.

  7. What great subjects. Exploration of words and finding something to be thankful for. I can certainly learn something from you as I'm always prone to ranting more than anything else.

    If I had to be thankful for anything, I'd have to be thankful for my health. Sure, I have lifes glitches (poor eyesight) and other things. But I have ten fingers and toes and live a fairly comfortable life. I may seem to be a complainer at times, but truly I'm not.


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