The Write Word? Post 5

Sharing post on the use of words by Stuart Aken.

Stuart Aken

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Do you sometimes struggle to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? I know I do. Perhaps, in improving myself, I can help other writers.

Today’s words: Discombobulate, Clear as mud, Cruelly, Tricolon.

Synonyms are alternative words that might say exactly what you’re trying to convey.

Discombobulate: (early 19th C American in origin) to confuse. Synonyms include discompose, discomfort, bedevil, muddle, throw into confusion, confound.

This word is generally used in a jocular way, rather than seriously. It’s been popularised in the UK by stand-up comedian, Ken Dodd.

Usage for Discombobulate:

‘Freddie did everything he could to discombobulate Terri after she’d fooled him into believing treacle was mined in Bolivia.’

‘Poor Ted was utterly discombobulated when he walked into the ladies’ changing room by mistake and then couldn’t find the exit.’

Clichés: expressions we’ve all encountered more times than…here, I could use a…

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  6 comments for “The Write Word? Post 5

  1. 02/03/2018 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the information

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  2. 02/03/2018 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Eugenia.

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  3. 02/03/2018 at 12:17 pm

    Always been mystified by some of these words: Have you ever been ‘combobulated’ – or ‘gruntled’, for that matter? Just a thought…

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    • 02/03/2018 at 1:10 pm

      Haha, and good point John. Seems we have to be combobulated before we become discombobulated. 🙂 I like the word and will find a way to use it.

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