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Monday, September 14, 2015

Alternatives, Origins, Being Thankful, and Guest Posting at March of Time Books

Today I'm a guest at March of Time Books (formerly March House Books.) Hope you'll take a few moments to stop by to read about a few of my favorite childhood books!

Alternatives is a 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:

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Watch it appear and disappear... I'm going to let you add your own "s" or "ed" for words such as dawns/dawned or change the tense for words such as arose or blew up.


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

act, actualize, arise, arrive, attend

be apparent, be clear, be created, be developed, be evident, be invented, be manifest, be obvious, be patent, be plain, be present, be produced, be published, be published, be revealed, be within view, become apparent, become available, become evident, become visible, blossom, blow in, bob up, break, break out, break through, breeze in, bulk

check in, clock in, come, come across as, come forth, come into being, come into existence, come into sight, come into view, come off as, come on the market, come out, come to light, come/came across as being, commence, crop up

dawn, debut, develop, drop in

emerge, engender, erupt, expose

feel, form

get here/there, get in, get through, give/gave the impression of being, got on sale

happen

issue

land, look as if, look to be, loom

make, make the scene, manifest itself, materialize

occur, originate, outcrop

perform, play, pop in, pop up, present, punch in, punch the clock, put in an appearance

reappear, recur, rematerialize, resurface, ring in, rise, roll in

seem, seem to be, set in, shoot up, show, show one’s face, show up, sound, spring, start, strike someone as being, surface

time in, turn out, turn up

unfold
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I haven't included a video in a while but when I saw BREAK THROUGH as an alternative for appear, I immediately thought of Break on Through by The Doors.


You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day
Tried to run, Tried to hide
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side, yeah

We chased our pleasures here
Dug our treasures there
But can you still recall
The time we cried
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side

Yeah! C'mon, year

Everybody loves my baby
Everybody loves my baby
She gets (high)
She gets (high)
She gets (high)
She gets (high)

I found an island in your arms
Country in your eyes
Arms that chain
Eyes that lie
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through, oww!
Oh, yeah!

Make the scene
Week to week
Day to day
Hour to hour
The gate is straight
Deep and wide
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through
Break on through
Break on through
Break on through
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah



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Origins is a post in which I delve into the history of a word or phrase.

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Today's word is: DAWN
I chose this word because it's in the above list.

From the 1200 centuray word dauen, meaning "to dawn, grow light," which is a shortened form of dauinge or dauing meaning the "period between darkness and sunrise," which is from the Old English word dagung which comes from dagian meaning "to become day," which is from the Proto-Germanic word dagaz, "day" (which has the same ancestor as tagen meaning "to dawn.") Probably influenced from Scandinavian words such as the Danish dagan and Old Norse dagan, meaning "a dawning."

Being Thankful
Today I'm thankful for trees!
All kinds of trees. Here are a few from the islands.
 Kapok tree on St. John

 Rain tree at Cinnamon Bay National Park Camp Ground, St. John. My friend Margaret on the left, me on the right.

 One of two Baobab trees on St. Thomas that are several 100 years old.

An African tulip tree, St. Thomas

 Some of my classmates and me on a tree that was blown down in a storm many, many long years ago yet kept on growing.
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So, what are you thankful for? Any new ideas "dawning" on you? Got a favorite alternative for appear? How about, Morrison and his pouty look? I was definitely intrigued by him when I was teen.

24 comments:

  1. Hi Bish - love the video clip of appear/disappear .. fun - and so many words or variations - English is an amazing language. The tree of life ... your 'dead' tree shows how well they live ... I've always loved Baobabs since I saw them in Africa ...

    A new day is dawning and if I don't get on ... the Autumn will have passed ... take care and lovely photos and ideas here ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Hilary! English and ever-growing, ever evolving language. Is it turning into fall already where you are? We're just starting to have a few cool mornings here. Refreshing. Have a wonderful week!

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  2. Some unusual looking trees there.
    A couple new words to use. I like your lists. They're better than any Thesaurus.

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  3. Kapok tree is stunning - wow. Your lists, like Alex said, are so good. Very interesting.

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    1. I'm glad someone else likes them, Karen. I'm a sucker for lists! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. You appear to have been quite busy with this post. All kinds of interesting things to absorb. Like the others, I'm fascinated by those trees. I love trees, so seeing them here was perfect.

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    1. Actually, Lee, this was almost a last minute post, put together in a hurry late on Sunday. :) So yes, I was busy, but it didn't take me very long. :)

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  5. Hello Bish, thanks so much for agreeing to guest post on my blog it is a pleasure to host you.
    Some of those trees are incredible! I like your lists and really must remember to come over a check them when I get stumped for a word.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! I'm delighted to be a guest on your blog. And ANYONE who loves books ought to visit your blog!

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    2. Why thank you Bish! I so enjoyed your visit.

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  6. I love all those trees! My favorite is the one that blew down and kept growing. I can imagine it saying, "Okay, well, I'm not as tall as I once was. But I can still see the sky and feel the ground. I'll just put down some new roots and see what happens." And look! You can write a kid's book out of that. My gift to you on this beautiful Monday afternoon.

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    1. If only trees could talk! You should see the root system of the one that blew down, it's well over 6 feet in diameter. How it managed to survive is truly amazing.

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  7. Those are the best trees for people like me to climb! Love this post.

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    1. Another tree climber? I used to be, but not so much anymore. Sigh...

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  8. Beautiful trees!! I LOVE the doors. Don't even go there sister!!

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    1. Ahh yes, The Doors. Before I got into The Beatles (gasp!) it was The Doors who turned me on the rock and roll.

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  9. Nice. Once again I love your pictures. Your words do give me much to consider. :)

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    1. And for us writers, isn't it all about words? :) I love making lists, so why not lists of words?

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  10. Have always loved trees and boy do you have some amazing pictures. I fear all the Ash trees surrounding our yard will have to go, scary. Love your work with words, truly inspiring. Especially Dawn, love that name.

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  11. I love trees! So many unique and interesting trees out there. I very much enjoyed your pictures. Love The Doors! :) Thanks for sharing all the alternatives!
    ~Jess

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  12. Such lovely trees--I am absolutely grateful for them! And my little dog :) The origins of dawn are fascinating, thank you for sharing!!

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  13. I love your gratitude posts and I too am grateful for trees. Today I live among the tall trees and have learned to fear fires.

    Morrison and his pouty look...ha, ha, ha!

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  14. I love The Doors. There's an African Tulip Tree that I see on my way to work. It's beautiful when it's in bloom.

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