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Monday, January 11, 2016

Alternatives, A Birthday, Being Thankful

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:

This is a word that doesn't have a whole lot of synonyms. I suppose we should all be thankful. How many of us over use it? (Please raise your hand. Oh, there's one, in the back with the ink stains on your fingers...) Just how often would you use "brace" or "duo?" And I had to look up distich.

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

alike, all, along with, also, and, apiece, as well as
besides, brace
consist, coupled/couplet
distich, double, double harness
duad, dual, duet, duo, dyad
either, equally, evenly
match/matching, mates
one and the other
set of two, some, span
team, tete-a-tete, the couple, the two, two of us, together, twain, twosome
yoke, you and me
This song wouldn't have worked as well if the line had been "Just the both of us."

(A distich, by the way, as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary explained it to me is: any strophic unit of two lines. Clear?)
The Grand Canyon was designated as a National Monument on this day in 1908, but it wouldn't become a National Park until February 26, 1919.
USA - Arizona - Grand Canyon - South Rim - Hermits Rest Route - Panoramic View
Today is International Thank You Day.
I send all of you a big THANK YOU for your being here.
Pass it on to any and all to whom you have the pleasure of encountering. 
The servers at a restaurant, the cashier at a store, the teller at the window,
the crossing guard, the postman, a teacher... etc. etc. etc.
But don't just say it today, say it every day.
The world will be a better place for it. 
Being Thankful
Today I'm thankful for being able to be thankful. 
What are you thankful for? Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? Do you over-use the word both?


  1. That's a great thing to be thankful for. And no, I've never been to the Grand Canyon.

    1. Once in your life, you should stand on the rim...

  2. I will go thank some people today.

    I've never seen the Grand Canyon either, just Hoover Dam.

  3. Hi Bish - I've never seen the Grand Canyon ... I'd like to see that view. I do thank people ... and I'm grateful for being alive and well ...

    The wordsmiths in us can make lines, presumably a distich, work for us ... regardless of their correctness - the feeling will be there ... cheers Hilary

    1. I hope one day you get to see it. It's beauty is not overrated.

  4. Dyad - that would be difficult to use in a sentence.
    Passing it on!

  5. Always love the synonyms. I need all the words I can get. This is a great day, so I'll pass on a thank you!

  6. Very useful synonyms! And I have visited the Grand Canyon. It's spectacular!

  7. You're very welcome Bish. Never been outside Jamaica.

  8. I didn't know it was International Thank You Day. Thank you Bish! Thanks for the overused words and the gorgeous pic of the Grand Canyon. :-)

  9. I actually find that 90% of the time you can completely chop "both" and not lose anything. It's one of my son's crutch words.

  10. Thank you for the word alternatives. I got to visit the Grand Canyon two years ago and it was breathtaking!

  11. Until reading about it here I had no idea there was an international Thank You Day. Love it and I have always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon. :) Looks beautiful.


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